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PlayStation Pull-Back Hurts Inexpensive Supercomputing

Apr 05, 2010, 17:32 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Jim Lynch for this link. ]

"Frankly, this was a selfish move on Sony's part, and a big hit to low-cost supercomputing.

"It's easy to assume that the only users affected by Sony's decision are the ever-present tinkerers who try (and typically succeed) to install Linux on every new device that comes out. Hence, Linux on iPhone. It's a challenge that seems to range from ardent hobby to mild obsession.

"In the case of the PS3, however, the benefits of Linux on the CellBE-processor device were immediate. In 2007, the researchers at NorthCarolina State University clustered eight PS3 machines that ran Fedora Core 5 Linux (ppc64). That same year a University of Massachusetts team found that putting together an eight-node PS3 cluster together (for a cost of about US$4000) would perform with the same processing power as a 200-processor supercomputer."

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