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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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- TreeFitty   US Air Force buys 2000 PS3s   Feb 1 2010, 02:12 AM
- - angeal 18   I was going to say cool story bro, But I didn...   Feb 1 2010, 03:25 AM
|- - TreeFitty   Not really much to the story. Government bought a ...   Feb 1 2010, 03:29 AM
|- - angeal 18   QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Jan 31 2010, 07:29 PM)...   Feb 1 2010, 03:35 AM
- - ENVi3   that makes this topic awkward ...   Feb 1 2010, 04:33 AM
- - TreeFitty   ... Anyone think this won't work? Or how it m...   Feb 1 2010, 04:39 AM
- - DonkeyTits   I think it's an extreme waste of my money as w...   Feb 1 2010, 05:02 AM
- - SPOILER   i think it would work. it's theoretically poss...   Feb 1 2010, 02:46 PM
- - PS Fanboy   *Insert Fanboyistic comment about how much better ...   Feb 1 2010, 03:52 PM
- - DuPz0r   BS, they just wanted a communal room full of ps3 s...   Feb 1 2010, 08:12 PM
- - Kaptain.Kuntz   QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Feb 1 2010, 08:12 PM) BS,...   Feb 1 2010, 09:57 PM
- - DonkeyTits   They could've just used standard desktop cpus ...   Feb 2 2010, 08:34 AM
|- - TreeFitty   QUOTE (DonkeyTits @ Feb 2 2010, 03:34 AM)...   Feb 2 2010, 08:49 AM
- - DonkeyTits   They should have chosen results over green. If th...   Feb 2 2010, 09:40 AM
- - Marney1   Total bollocks about the 'green' issue, wh...   Feb 2 2010, 10:45 AM
- - SPOILER   ah now i remember. could it be use for training th...   Feb 2 2010, 02:17 PM
- - TreeFitty   QUOTE (DonkeyTits @ Feb 2 2010, 04:40 AM)...   Feb 2 2010, 03:41 PM
|- - DonkeyTits   QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Feb 2 2010, 08:41 AM) ...   Feb 2 2010, 10:52 PM
|- - Marney1   QUOTE (DonkeyTits @ Feb 2 2010, 10:52 PM)...   Feb 3 2010, 01:30 AM
- - TreeFitty   They may not have announced it as much (or people ...   Feb 3 2010, 01:56 AM
|- - Marney1   QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Feb 3 2010, 01:56 AM) ...   Feb 4 2010, 02:15 AM
- - Pelican   I like your opinion and all, but with your 41 Achi...   Feb 4 2010, 02:09 AM
- - TreeFitty   Lowering taxes is a topic all it's own.   Feb 4 2010, 02:24 AM
- - Bain   Dude fuck the air force. They are so wasteful with...   Feb 12 2010, 03:04 AM
|- - Geert Wilders   QUOTE (Bain @ Feb 11 2010, 10:04 PM) Dude...   Feb 12 2010, 03:40 AM
|- - Bain   QUOTE (Geert Wilders @ Feb 11 2010, 09:40...   Feb 15 2010, 01:26 AM
- - TreeFitty   Big budget for airplanes that people think are onl...   Feb 12 2010, 03:51 AM
- - calimann83   Thats pretty crazy, the PS3 must be quite a machin...   May 16 2010, 07:26 PM
- - Bain   Well thats good because between air conditioned ba...   May 16 2010, 10:04 PM
- - calimann83   QUOTE (Bain @ May 16 2010, 03:04 PM) Well...   May 18 2010, 01:11 AM
- - Bain   QUOTE (calimann83 @ May 17 2010, 07:11 PM...   May 20 2010, 10:08 PM


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