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28 December, 2010

want to build a supercomputer? Just 1760 PS3s

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Sorry, this is not the news Don likes. Why? 1) It is not Don's much preferred Xbox 360, 2) It is the Sony console Don hates very much.

Anyhow, here's the news: US Air Force's Defence Department's largest interactive supercomputer is made from 1760 Sony PlayStation 3s. Able to achieve 1.5 GigaFLOPS, and being energy efficient. That is the world's 35th largest supercomputer.

PS3 concoles become military supercomputer (news.com.au 28 December 2010):

US Air Force researchers have created the Defence Department's largest interactive supercomputer - the 35th fastest in the world - from 1760 Sony PlayStation 3s.

The amalgamation of consoles, nicknamed the "Condor Cluster," will be used to "process high-resolution satellite images and boost surveillance capabilities" according to The Air Force Times.
It will allow scientists to monitor a 15.5-mile area in real time.

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The "Condor Cluster" is energy efficient and at $US2 million, has a price tag well below that of traditional computing equipment.

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The "Condor Cluster" can achieve about 1.5 GigaFLOPS - floating point operations per second, the unit by which supercomputing power is measured - per watt of computing power, about fifteen times more powerful than a typical supercomputer.


Posted by Antony on 28 December 2010 4:13 PM | newstalk

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I don't have any preference to consoles I have no intention of buying, nor do I hate Sony. You're the one that came up with all that, all on your own.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 29 December 2010 8:11 AM.
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