US Air Force Connects 1,760 PlayStation 3's To Build Supercomputer
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A network of 1,760 PlayStation 3 consoles result in a super computer that can churn out 500 trillion operations per second - the fastest interactive super-computer in the entire US Defense Department.

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The decision to use PS3s 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 older ,larger variety, since the newer slim models don’t allow for the installation of Linux.      Popular Science
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