Why Does the Air Force Want Thousands of PlayStations?

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

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PirateThom2845d ago

They're fanboys and just want to boost PS3 sales figures.

Noctis Aftermath2845d ago (Edited 2845d ago )

Because it only does everything.

Dutch Boogie2845d ago

They want to build surrogate soldiers and deploy them into Afghanistan.

Bits-N-Kibbles2845d ago (Edited 2845d ago )

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.

Saaking2845d 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 Cheese2845d ago

Because they have too much free time on their hands now that the Predator drone does all the work

eagle212845d ago

Bless his innovative heart.

rambi802845d ago (Edited 2845d 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

ThanatosDMC2845d ago

Aliens, UFO, 2012, Nicholas Cage...

kaveti66162845d ago

They're trying to build Skynet.

Timesplitter142845d ago

Because PS3 games are just THAT good

Comet2845d ago

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 Flare2845d 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

HolyOrangeCows2845d 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?

nbsmatambo2845d ago

i can just imagine them switching use for the PS3 from modeling terrains and controlling unmanned flying objects to playing Little Big Planet


Foliage2845d ago (Edited 2845d 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?

FarEastOrient2845d ago

I guess you can call me a fan too! I use it for the US Army...

rockleex2845d ago (Edited 2845d 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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Dutch Boogie2845d ago

Artificial Intelligent women.

thebudgetgamer2845d ago (Edited 2845d 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.

xg-ei8ht2845d 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-Kibbles2845d ago

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.

whothedog2845d ago (Edited 2845d ago )

Yeah, they want the PS3's for "research" haha

interesting read though.

devilmaycry20202845d ago (Edited 2845d ago )

LAN party of course!

El_Colombiano2845d ago

MAG LAN party of course. Thats nearly nine full game rooms!