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Boffin Stacks 16 PS3s to Simulate Black Hole Collisions

Mar 05, 2008, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Snowden)

"When most of us arrived home with our newly purchased PS3, we couldn't wait to start annihilating aliens in Resistance: Fall of Man or kicking butt kung fu-style in Virtua Fighter 5. Not astrophysicist Gaurav Khanna--he used his to build a supercomputer.

"Khanna now owns a total of 16 PS3 consoles, all linked together to provide the same computing power as a 400-node supercomputer. His set up, which he calls a 'gravity grid', is used to simulate the activity of very large black holes for the Physics Department at the University of Massachusetts..."

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