Putting 1,760 Sony PlayStation 3s in one room might make for the most awesome “Call of Duty: Black Ops” game ever. And, as Air Force researchers have discovered, they can also create the Defense Department’s largest interactive supercomputer.
The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, formally unveiled the supercomputer, nicknamed the “Condor Cluster,” earlier this month.
Not only is it fast — the laboratory’s high performance computing director says it’s about the 35th-fastest computer in the world — and “green,” it was cheap, too. The laboratory spent about $2 million, which Wright-Patterson says is less than one-10th the cost of using traditional computer equipment.
The Condor Cluster will be used to process satellite imagery.