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News.Ncsu.edu: NC State Engineer Creates First Academic Playstation 3 Computing Cluster

Mar 20, 2007, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Scientific computing is just number crunching, which the PS3s are very good at given the Cell processor and deploying them in a cluster,” Mueller says. “Right now one limitation is the 256 megabyte RAM memory constraint, but it might be possible to retrofit more RAM. We just haven’t cracked the case and explored that option yet.” Another problem lies in limited speed for double-precision calculations required by scientific applications, but announcements for the next-generation Cell processor address this issue."

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