The decision to use
wasn’t just a publicity stunt.
The system cost of $2 million is only 10% of the cost of an equally powerful system built with computer components bought separately.
And it consumes only 10% of the energy required by comparable supercomputers.
The system will be used for processing satellite imagery, along with research into artificial intelligence, radar enhancement, and pattern recognition.
In addition to the PS3s, the so-called "Condor Cluster" also includes 168 separate
GPUs (Graphical Processing Units) and 84 coordinating servers to direct traffic within the system.
The PS3s are the
,larger variety, since the newer slim models
don’t allow for the installation of
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