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post Feb 1 2010, 02:12 AM
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http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged...om-ps3s/1387199

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No doubt the Air Force purchasing department gets some odd requests from time to time, but we'd love to have seen the grin on the face of the officer tasked with procuring some 1,700 Playstation 3s for a USAF facility in Rome, NY.

Before you complain about your tax dollars being spent on toys, the machines aren't for gaming. Instead, the facility -- an Air Force research lab -- will join them into a parallel-computing cluster that, when complete, will number well over 2,000 PS3s.

The supercomputer -- snappily monikered "500 TeraFLOPS Heterogeneous Cluster" -- will be put to work playing 2,000 simultaneous games of God of War III. Wait, no. Among other things, they'll be attempting to simulate the way the human brain processes information and how it pulls off the remarkably difficult task of recognizing the content of images.

"Humans can routinely do these things, but a computer struggles to do it," the facility's computing director Mark Barnell told Stars and Stripes. "In a general sense, we are interested in making it autonomous."

The cluster won't be as powerful as a regular supercomputing rig, but it will be cheaper and more environmentally friendly: it'll consume as much as 95% less electrical power and shut down unused machines when the cluster isn't running at full capacity.


tl;dr 2000 PS3s = super computer


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post Feb 1 2010, 03:25 AM
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I was going to say cool story bro, But I didn't want to get banned. lol
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post Feb 1 2010, 03:29 AM
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Not really much to the story. Government bought a bunch of PS3s to make a super computer. 'tis all.


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post Feb 1 2010, 03:35 AM
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QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Jan 31 2010, 07:29 PM) *
Not really much to the story. Government bought a bunch of PS3s to make a super computer. 'tis all.

Exactly, Theres not really anything to discuss.
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post Feb 1 2010, 04:33 AM
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that makes this topic awkward ...


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post Feb 1 2010, 04:39 AM
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...

Anyone think this won't work? Or how it might fail?

...

I give up...


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post Feb 1 2010, 05:02 AM
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I think it's an extreme waste of my money as well as the government's time, space and resources.


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post Feb 1 2010, 02:46 PM
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i think it would work. it's theoretically possible to split the processing powers to 2000 PS3. Dual Core or Core Quad are splitting the processor to 2 and 4. so...
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post Feb 1 2010, 03:52 PM
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post Feb 1 2010, 08:12 PM
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BS, they just wanted a communal room full of ps3 so they could play MW2 against each other!


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post Feb 1 2010, 09:57 PM
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QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Feb 1 2010, 08:12 PM) *
BS, they just wanted a communal room full of ps3 so they could play MW2 against the taliban!

^This is more true.


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post Feb 2 2010, 08:34 AM
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They could've just used standard desktop cpus and achieved exponentially greater computing power. Cocks.


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post Feb 2 2010, 08:49 AM
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QUOTE (DonkeyTits @ Feb 2 2010, 03:34 AM) *
They could've just used standard desktop cpus and achieved exponentially greater computing power. Cocks.


But would it be more or just as envronmentally friendly? (since that's their excuse in the last line) They said they chose green-ness over power.


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post Feb 2 2010, 09:40 AM
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They should have chosen results over green. If they were so 'committed', they would've built a crapload of solar/wind power sources.


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post Feb 2 2010, 10:45 AM
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Total bollocks about the 'green' issue, who are they kidding?
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ah now i remember. could it be use for training the drone pilots?

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QUOTE (DonkeyTits @ Feb 2 2010, 04:40 AM) *
They should have chosen results over green. If they were so 'committed', they would've built a crapload of solar/wind power sources.

True.

QUOTE (Marney1 @ Feb 2 2010, 05:45 AM) *
Total bollocks about the 'green' issue, who are they kidding?

How so?

QUOTE (SPOILER @ Feb 2 2010, 09:17 AM) *
ah now i remember. could it be use for training the drone pilots?

They have all kinds of simulators already but they could.


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QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Feb 2 2010, 08:41 AM) *
QUOTE (Marney1 @ Feb 2 2010, 05:45 AM) *
Total bollocks about the 'green' issue, who are they kidding?

How so?


The government has never gone out of their way to do anything green.


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post Feb 3 2010, 01:30 AM
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QUOTE (DonkeyTits @ Feb 2 2010, 10:52 PM) *
QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Feb 2 2010, 08:41 AM) *
QUOTE (Marney1 @ Feb 2 2010, 05:45 AM) *
Total bollocks about the 'green' issue, who are they kidding?

How so?


The government has never gone out of their way to do anything green.

Was going say those exact words. ^
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post Feb 3 2010, 01:56 AM
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They may not have announced it as much (or people didn't pay as much attention) in the past but they have done projects and procurements over the years that boasted reduced energy costs or moved towards being "green". Considering the "green" thing is more of a popular term these days and people tend to forget that saving money is a part of it. It's possible the government (or parts of it) are jumpng on the bandwagon. "hey look, we did good!"


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