Department of Defense Augments Supercomputer with Thousands of PS3s

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van_helblaze

I read about this months ago.  Only down side is the PS3 slim doesn't support linux, so it's not usable as a supercomputer. Other than folding@home purposes that is.

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Colt725

I couold use a couple of the hand controllers that I am sure are not needed by the AF.   Who can I write to get me some?

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Who

I like ur thinking

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Who

I thought the same thing at first, but I think it's for applications already designed to run on the cell architecture, so a switch to gpu's may not be too easy

 from dailytech: "Specifically, the USAF is expected to use customized software designed for use on the Cell Broadband Engine architecture.  Sony uses the Cell processor in its PS3, a powerful computing technology that has been favored among researchers -- the PS3 is already used by the Los Alamos National Laboratory and U.S. Customs Enforcement." 

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QUINTIX256

A cluster of 5750's in traditional computers running openCL would be more cost effective in terms of raw gigaflops/dollar. I'm sure just one shader group on the R800 would be much more programmable and flexible than those crippled SPE's on the Cell.

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Caboose

 I agree. Grab some GPU's and use those instead. Heck, it'll save a lot of space. Why not get some 5890's (those are the x2's right?) and use a bunch of those. If they used 2,500 of those, the processing power would greatly outweigh that of a PS3.

Maybe Sony gave them a good deal on support. Because if one of those goes down, I don't think Sony really wants to have the US DoD knocking on their door.

 

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arch20002013

Well now.  I think there is going to be a massive COD MW2 competition as "training."

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RtDK

Ah, there we go! Sony's solution to their difficulty in moving their consoles! Just sell 'em to the Defense Dept. at an inflated price. $1K per unit, suckahs! Lol

Well, at least they're finding ways to cut how much taxpayer money they waste.

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nekollx

 Except, um, the article clearly states the PS3s are "600 for 2" or 300 each, not 1k

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nekollx

 I dunno i hear America's Army is a pretty good sim...

Maybe they could port it to PS3 ;)

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chronium

I wonder exact;y how many PS3's have been sold to gamers and how many have been sold to companies that use them for suoer computers.

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