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    Default US Air Force trying to build supercomputers using PS3's

    No doubt the Air Force purchasing department gets some odd requests from time to time, but we'd love to have seen the grin on the face of the officer tasked with procuring some 1,700 Playstation 3s for a USAF facility in Rome, NY.

    Before you complain about your tax dollars being spent on toys, the machines aren't for gaming. Instead, the facility -- an Air Force research lab -- will join them into a parallel-computing cluster that, when complete, will number well over 2,000 PS3s.

    The supercomputer -- snappily monikered "500 TeraFLOPS Heterogeneous Cluster" -- will be put to work playing 2,000 simultaneous games of God of War III. Wait, no. Among other things, they'll be attempting to simulate the way the human brain processes information and how it pulls off the remarkably difficult task of recognizing the content of images.

    "Humans can routinely do these things, but a computer struggles to do it," the facility's computing director Mark Barnell told Stars and Stripes. "In a general sense, we are interested in making it autonomous."

    The cluster won't be as powerful as a regular supercomputing rig, but it will be cheaper and more environmentally friendly: it'll consume as much as 95% less electrical power and shut down unused machines when the cluster isn't running at full capacity.
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    This actually sounds like a pretty reasonable alternative to a usual supercomputer. No word yet on Microsoft or Apple's reaction.

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    If Microsoft builds it, it will break within weeks. If Apple builds it, the Air Force will go bankrupt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ιиsσмиιαc View Post
    If Microsoft builds it, it will break within weeks. If Apple builds it, the Air Force will go bankrupt.
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    PS3s are cheap. COmpared to normal computing hardware, they are powerful and cheap. And since the older model can run linux, they can be used in powerful clusters.
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    Why do I have the feeling I have seen this before

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    Default Re: US Air Force trying to build supercomputers using PS3's

    Why not 10 million Wiis. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiko Heiwa View Post
    Why not 10 million Wiis. :(
    Cause they might want to put a Cd or Dvd on while the cluster is working.

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    Default Re: US Air Force trying to build supercomputers using PS3's

    I think I saw this, but instead of PS3s, they used like A LOT of USB Jump Drives.

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    Default Re: US Air Force trying to build supercomputers using PS3's

    This is an awesome idea!
    I want to see how it works out and what are the results obtained!

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    This sounds like an awesome idea. I'd love to see how it would work.
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    Default Re: US Air Force trying to build supercomputers using PS3's

    Wow. I guess Sony IS good for something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheProphetJerematic View Post
    Cause they might want to put a Cd or Dvd on while the cluster is working.
    Not to mention the Wii is hideously underpowered compared to the Playstation 3 in terms of processing ability. The Playstation 3 like the Wii has a Power PC based processor but it runs at 3 GHz rather than 500 MHz to 1 GHz. And for those who are saying Sony was good for nothing before this project, here is something to think about. If it were not for the Playstation, gaming would not be as widely accepted as it is today.
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    Default Re: US Air Force trying to build supercomputers using PS3's

    I like this idea, its a different way of thinking anyway.

    Why not 10 million Wiis. :(
    Apart from what nickstr said above, what use would motion detectors have? I am sure there may be some use but for:

    human brain processes information and how it pulls off the remarkably difficult task of recognizing the content of images.
    I don't see how that could work on wii that uses wireless motion detecting.

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    I can imagine how much fun breaktime will be...

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    You think Sony will use this in their ads?
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