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Why Does the Air Force Want Thousands of PlayStations?

ABC News: Clusters of High-Performance Gaming Consoles Can Serve as Supercomputers (PS3)

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PirateThom  +   2182d ago
They're fanboys and just want to boost PS3 sales figures.
Noctis Aftermath  +   2182d ago
"Why does the Air Force want thousands of Playstations?"
Because it only does everything.
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Dutch Boogie  +   2182d ago
They want to build surrogate soldiers and deploy them into Afghanistan.
Bits-N-Kibbles  +   2182d ago
That is awesome
and hilarious.

Its like going to a hostess factory and they have 10,000 easy bake ovens because it was more cost effective for the same quality.
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Saaking  +   2182d ago
They know the PS3 is the one and only console that can serve their needs. It's not just a game console, it only does everything.
Government Cheese  +   2182d ago
Because they have too much free time on their hands now that the Predator drone does all the work
eagle21  +   2182d ago
cause Ken Kutaragi is a genius. :)
Bless his innovative heart.
rambi80  +   2182d ago
Maybe Sony built a giant "laser" and is threatening governments around the world.

Though the ps3 may be able to give us an actual moon landing . lol
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ThanatosDMC  +   2182d ago
Aliens, UFO, 2012, Nicholas Cage...
kaveti6616  +   2182d ago
They're trying to build Skynet.
Timesplitter14  +   2182d ago
Because PS3 games are just THAT good
Comet  +   2182d ago
This calls for a new commercial!!!
Imagine a commercial showing how the Air Force relies on PS3s for supercomputing power to create the technology that is protecting us and fighting the war in Afghanistan or w/e!!!
Just like those Duracell battery commercials! How the Coastguards, etc. trusts Duracell to get the job done and save someone's life :D

"According to a document accompanying the Air Force RFP, a server configured with two 3.2GHz cell processors can cost up to $8,000, while two Sony PS3s cost just a fraction of that price at about $600."
That's right... your PlayStation 3's cell processor alone can cost up to $4000! And people complained about the $600 starting price point! Be thankful!! LOL

"Astrophysicists at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth are using a cluster of PS3 consoles to research gravitational waves and black holes.
And even the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's Cyber Crimes Center has used linked PS3s to solve Internet crimes."

"T3h pow3r of c3ll"
Shadow Flare  +   2182d ago
Astro physicists use ps3 clusters, medical researchers use ps3 clusters, the military use ps3 clusters....

Why don't researchers ever use the xbox 360? ;p
HolyOrangeCows  +   2182d ago
Training with the Bad Company 2 Beta?
Playing Awesome games?
Cells make for cheaper Super computers?
It only does everything, including seeking Osama Bin Ladin?
nbsmatambo  +   2182d ago
i can just imagine them switching use for the PS3 from modeling terrains and controlling unmanned flying objects to playing Little Big Planet

Foliage  +   2182d ago
Well it would take at least 3 times as many 360s to get anywhere near a similar result. Taking into consideration that the majority of 360s face RROD (fact, and the figure is still growing), they would need at least 5 times as many consoles. Not worth it.

And the Wii.... well really... are you serious?
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FarEastOrient  +   2181d ago
I guess you can call me a fan too! I use it for the US Army...
rockleex  +   2181d ago

Boom to the power of Boom!

Seriously, those PS3s are going to help unleash major Booms over in the Middle East.

By the way, I thought PS3 slims can't install other OS? I think they might have to buy older PS3s.
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thebudgetgamer  +   2182d ago
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Dutch Boogie  +   2182d ago
Artificial Intelligent women.
thebudgetgamer  +   2182d ago
also good.

on second thought. do we really want super smart women running around.
i have a regular gf and shes to smart for me to get away with stuff.
or im just really dumb, she says im special.
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xg-ei8ht  +   2182d ago
No they want to run a server with PS3's, Then other PS3 players can join in and fly the jets/

Beta is due out soon.
Bits-N-Kibbles  +   2182d ago
toys (the movie) anyone?
kids start playing violent video games which actually turn out to be real military vehicles.

Or at least that is what I remember from about 10 years ago.
whothedog  +   2182d ago
Yeah, they want the PS3's for "research" haha

interesting read though.
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devilmaycry2020  +   2182d ago
LAN party of course!
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El_Colombiano  +   2182d ago
MAG LAN party of course. Thats nearly nine full game rooms!
Reshun  +   2182d ago
lordkemp007  +   2182d ago
They may want thousands of PS3's

But they also want tens of thousands of xbox 360's.

To light up their runways with red lights.
bigcheda  +   2182d ago
lol, that made me chuckle
Hellsvacancy  +   2182d ago
Lol it did me 2, bubbles
SSCOOLCHEA  +   2182d ago
I don't think they want any 360
Shlt is like a time bomb blowing up planes and navy ships . There airforce is not that dumb
Mista T  +   2182d ago
lol man funny that was an original joke on this site! bubbles :P
Obama  +   2182d ago
That will also make the runways 100 times nosier considering the 360s sound like jet engine.
bot slayer  +   2182d ago
lol lol lol lol lol lol
poopsack  +   2182d ago
SARGEHALO666  +   2182d ago
Uncharted 2...
...they want to play!
ukilnme  +   2182d ago
That is a great reason. I just started playing it. The game is freaking awesome.
emk2004  +   2182d ago
ps3 processor >>>>>> that xbox360 processor the usaf says so
kaveti6616  +   2182d ago
The 360 processor is standard CPU architecture. It's boring, to be honest. Not weak, just a boring setup.

The PS3 Cell is interesting, exotic. The Cell represents the concept that the CPU can meld with the GPU. Discrete circuits evolved into integrated circuits. ICs evolved into generalized and specified microprocessors. The next step is to integrate CPU chips, memory chips, GPU chips, and all kinds of microprocessors into discrete chips that can do everything exceptionally well. Jack of All trades, master of none, and the future is Master of All Trades.
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MajesticBeast  +   2182d ago
Cause duh it only does everything.
neonlight45  +   2182d ago
talk about an all round console
ukilnme  +   2182d ago
I want thousands of PS3s. Just wish I had their budget.
Heaven_Or_Hell  +   2182d ago
I can't imagine what results we could get if the 27 millions PS3 solded worldwide were being linked together...

Earth Explosion for sure and WWIII declared lol
jivah  +   2182d ago
wats a solded?
Narutone66  +   2182d ago
Past tense
of sold? ;)
badz149  +   2181d ago
I think Narutone66 got it right
but LOL @ solded!
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spektical  +   2182d ago
uhh i think its obvious, they are gearing up for MAG... duh
NoOoB101  +   2182d ago
@ sscoolchea
your right they wouldn't want that, that's why they no longer use C4, instead they put a 360 and leave it on...BOOM. Building demolished. =]
Convas  +   2182d ago
Ha ha, thanks for the chuckles. I found that genuinely amusing.
deshon09  +   2182d ago
thay want to
shoot them at the enemy and then go pick them up and play some killzone 3 and uncharted lol

like they say it only dose every thing even kill your enemies
Comet  +   2182d ago
Not only the AirForce!
"Astrophysicists at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth are using a cluster of PS3 consoles to research gravitational waves and black holes.
And even the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's Cyber Crimes Center has used linked PS3s to solve Internet crimes."

"T3h pow3r of c3ll"
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Renewman  +   2182d ago
Being in the Air Force myself...
We bought those PS3s to keep ourselves busy since we just get AC-130s and Predator Missiles to beat the terrorists by themselves. Maybe we can get the PS3s to calculate how long it would take to make me a sandwich while I'm at my comfy desk job. I kid.
OSIRUSSS  +   2182d ago
AirForce? Flyboys must want a really dogfight in Warhawk. I would own them though. I'd Make them scared to leave homebase.
djfullshred  +   2182d ago
Cool to have such an advanced processer in a little toy like this.
cmrbe  +   2182d ago
It is all part of Ken's
plan to build syknet. For those of you who don't know yet. Ken is a terminator sent to speed up syknet development through the playstation.
deshon09  +   2182d ago
lol it
makes so much sense
cmrbe  +   2182d ago
its true. Do you remember PS launching and controlling missiles?. It is why Ken wanted the PS3 to be more advance than it is now. Fortunately Sony got wind of this and booted Ken out.

Skynet will start with the Airforce.
Silent  +   2182d ago
They want to play that game and find it more reliable than the PCs
Quadrix  +   2182d ago
Because PlayStation knows where the weapons of mass destruction are located.
gumgum99  +   2182d ago
bigrudowsky  +   2182d ago
This is cool but havent other places been using the ps3 for the same reasons.
theDutchFella  +   2182d ago
the next generation of fighters are all going to be unmanned, so we're in the process of integrating PS3's into the flight controls of next gen aircraft. They will be remotely piloted by what we call 'Gamer Airman', via a DualShock 3 and Bravia displays. It Only Does Everything. :)
Immortal321  +   2182d ago
+1000ps3 this holiday
it already won
infekt  +   2182d ago
What can't you do with a PS3? I mean, this is some ridiculously cool sh1t that I'm sure Sony didn't think of when they made the console. The Playstation brand always packed processing power and that is Sony's trademark now.
Wrathman  +   2182d ago
YLOD=HYPNOLIGHT OF DEATH. or they have seen how it brainwashes 90% of sony fanboys on N4G and want to try it out on the taliban
Narutone66  +   2182d ago
It's for calculation
of complex equations. Now if you want to kill terrorists with explosion, then drop them an xbox 360.
SpinalRemains138  +   2182d ago
I know why they're doing it.
They're playing online MW2 and teaching US Rangers how to camp during close quarter combat! LMAO! I can see Afghani insurgents now.... "God Dam American campers! They shot 9 of my Al Queda friends cuz they're campers man!"
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