UC Irvine students Jayram Moorkanikara, Jeff Furlong and Matt Johnson were among the first-place winners of IBM's Cell Broadband Engine Professor University Challenge on Sept. 24. The trio partnered with two students from Dartmouth College to use a Sony Playstation 3 to recreate how the human brain functions.
According to Moorkanikara, unlike systems such as the Wii and the X-Box, Playstation 3 allows for more practical use in scientific research.
"PS3 contains the IBM CELL processor, whose architecture is suitable for parallel programming and can be used not only for games but for many scientific and multimedia applications. We have also demonstrated that a cluster of these PS3 can behave like a mini supercomputer," Moorkanikara said.