1,760 PlayStation 3’s fused to make Air Force Supercomputer
Working directly with Sony and its distributers, all, 1760 consoles have been joined with “168 separate graphical processing units and 84 coordinating servers” to form what the Air Force is calling “the fastest interactive computer in the entire Defence Department”.
The supercomputer, nicknamed the Condor Cluster, will allow very fast analysis of large high-resolution imagery — billions of pixels a minute, taking what used to take several hours down to mere seconds, said Mark Barnell, the high-performance computing director at the Air Force Research Lab’s operation in Rome, N.Y. said.
The Condor will be used for things like research into AI, fast processing of satellite pictures and the enhancement of radar.
However, these PS3 were the original bulky ones that everyone had when they first appeared four years ago. Needless to say, Barnell is looking forward to going out and buying 2000 PlayStation 4s in a few years time.
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