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1,760 PlayStation 3s form new supercomputer

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.


  1. Long time no comment. Was busy. But this is kinda interesting news. Although I wonder what Sony thinks of this.

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