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Xbox speeds up research results

Researchers have harnessed the powerful silicon chips used in the Xbox 360 console to solve scientific conundrums.

Academics at the University of Warwick believe they are the first to use the processors as a cheap way to conduct "parallel processing".

Parallel computing is where a number of processors are run in tandem, allowing a system to rapidly crunch data.

Researchers traditionally have to book time on a dedicated "cluster" system or splash out setting up a network of PCs.

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Berserk12897d ago

Researchers have harnessed the powerful silicon chips used in the PS3 console to solve scientific conundrums.

Academics at the University of Warwick believe they are the first to use the processors as a cheap way to conduct "parallel processing".

Parallel computing is where a number of processors are run in tandem, allowing a system to rapidly crunch data.

Researchers traditionally have to book time on a dedicated "cluster" system or splash out setting up a network of PCs.

hakis862897d ago

A: Isn't the Cell processor more powerful for these tasks?
B: How often do they RROD?

hakis862897d ago

c: How many decibel??

It's good that they can use the 360 to this, but sorry, the PS3 is much more suited for it.

I'll stick with gaming on my 360, and let my PS3 be [email protected]

Xbox360Elite2897d ago

The ps3 just got obsolete by Xbox360 hahahahaha.

PandemicPrawn02897d ago

But it's just a games console.

I'm sure the 360 and PS3 can be used for this kind of stuff, but I'm sure there are more powerful computers available to do this.

Lets not make these consoles out to be more than they are.