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U.S. Air Force Creates Powerful Supercomputer Out Of PS3s

Dec 06, 2010, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kyle Orland)

"The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has connected 1,760 PlayStation 3 systems together to create what the organization is calling the fastest interactive computer in the entire Defense Department.

"The Condor Cluster, as the group of systems is known, also includes 168 separate graphical processing units and 84 coordinating servers in an parallel array capable of performing 500 trillion floating point operations per second (500 TFLOPS), according to AFRL Director of High Power Computing Mark Barnell.

"Using PS3s for the supercomputer's core allowed AFRL to construct the system for a total cost of $2 million"

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