Air Force Taps PS3s for Low-Cost Supercomputer
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Cobbling together supercomputing clusters from commodity hardware isn't new, but it may prove to be a smart call for spending taxpayer money on a new U.S. Air Force supercomputer. The idea is an expansion of an existing cluster created from IBM Cell-powered Sony PlayStation3 game consoles, and when it's done, could result in researchers having created one of the world's fastest supercomputers on the cheap. CIO Update has the story.
The U.S. Air Force is in the process of building a 500 teraFLOPS supercomputer that will only cost $2 million. Impossible, you say? Not when you build it with PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles.
The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y., have already built a cluster with 336 Sony PS3s and are beefing that up by another 1,700. The group received a $2 million grant to increase the cluster of $300 consoles, plus some other hardware to control the cluster.