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I know this is a PS3 thing, but it's too cool not to post!
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US Air Force connects 1,760 PlayStation 3's to build supercomputer




About the 33rd largest supercomputer in the world right now is the US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) newest system, which has a core made of 1,760 Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles. In addition to its large capacity, the so-called "Condor Cluster" is capable of performing 500 trillion floating point operations per second (TFLOPS), making it the fastest interactive computer in the entire US Defense Department.


The supercomputer, which is located in Rome, New York, was formally presented yesterday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It will be used by Air Force centers across the country for tasks such as radar enhancement, pattern recognition, satellite imagery processing, and artificial intelligence research.


Its speed allows it to analyze ultra-high-resolution images very quickly - at a rate of billions of pixels per minute - to greatly reduce the amount of time required. Due in part to the video game consules' cutting-edge graphics capabilities, the supercomputer also has improved algorithms that can better identify blurred flying objects in space than previous computers could.


The Condor Cluster project began four years ago, when PlayStation consoles cost about $400 each. At the same time, comparable technology would have cost about $10,000 per unit. Overall, the PS3s for the supercomputer's core cost about $2 million. According to AFRL Director of High Power Computing Mark Barnell, that cost is about 5-10% of the cost of an equivalent system built with off-the-shelf computer parts.


Another advantage of the PS3-based supercomputer is its energy efficiency: it consumes just 10% of the power of comparable supercomputers.


In addition to the PS3s, the supercomputer also includes 168 separate graphical processing units and 84 coordinating servers to direct traffic within the system. The PS3s are the older, larger variety, since the newer slim models don't allow for the installation of Linux.

Maybe the PS3 will finally be better at playing games?
 

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I work in procurement for the Air Force and was involved in buying these as they are installed in the building I work in. We took a lot of flak for this purchase as I'm sure you can imagine. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday but it's quite a sight to behold in the lab where they are located.


They've actually been installed for quite some time, but it's taken a while to get the rest of the facility fleshed out around them, the HVAC up to snuff, and all that jazz.


While many of the things I buy for the Air Force are pretty boring, this was a purchase that was pretty darn cool.
 

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Talk about your LAN parties...
 

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This was posted on the PS3 forum years ago. Not that it isn't cool, but it's old news.
 

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This was posted on the PS3 forum years ago. Not that it isn't cool, but it's old news.

I did remember seeing this before, but the ribbon cutting was yesterday and that makes it official and new news for some.
 

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That's pretty cool. They couldnt use the xbox360's because of RRoD.
lmao
 

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i have friends that have done this (on a smaller scale) with the original xbox.... implementation is cool but the idea isnt new.
 

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At the end of the day all it will be used for is for BluRay.
 
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