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Astrophysicist Replaces Supercomputer with Eight PlayStation 3s

Suffering from its exorbitant price point and a dearth of titles, Sony's PlayStation 3 isn't exactly the most popular gaming platform on the block. But while the console flounders in the commercial space, the PS3 may be finding a new calling in the realm of science and research.

Right now, a cluster of eight interlinked PS3s is busy solving a celestial mystery involving gravitational waves and what happens when a super-massive black hole, about a million times the mass of our own sun, swallows up a star.

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cloud3603480d ago

Argghhh. I hate this peopel claims its a super computer.

It maybe be but its better as a Video Game machine.

ChibiSelz3480d ago

Hehe i bet there playing games while the ps3 does all the work xD

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Rooftrellen3480d ago

"If you hit the disagree button without providing any feedback to this post than you are admitting that I am correct and that you are an agry 7 year old with a Turdstation 3 [WAIT B3YOND]"

That and everything after it is why I hit disagree. The sad thing is you had a good post going until this point and decided to ruin it by acting like you're 5.

Real Gambler3479d ago

That sure enough, you got a disagree from me...

Now should I be scared? If you're really God, I should be hit by a lightning bolt about now...
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NOT! So you're not God.... Are you are m_o_r_o_n? Odds are better for that one!

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Opax03480d ago

This jsut showes the true power of the ps3..

nasim3480d ago

ps3 is around 5x--10x as powerful as the x360

PimpHandHappy3480d ago

the cell being used for something!

lol

sjappie3480d ago

now ps3 fanboys can look up their home planet. I always had a feelin they were from another world. Makes sense.

All hail teh power of teh Cell.

Real Gambler3480d ago (Edited 3480d ago )

"He also says that the console's Cell processor, co-developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba, can deliver massive amounts of power, comparable even to that of a supercomputer -- if you know how to optimize code"

So this guy know....

We also have one guy who did a whole game by himself alone: Everyday Shooter. ONE GUY.

Yet, you still have devs who are complaining the PS3 is hard to program? Shoot, looking at what has been done so far on the PS3, soon they will learn to program it in kindergarden : )

pilotpistolpete3480d ago (Edited 3480d ago )

There is a large difference. For this application, all you need is raw processing power.

The reason that the ps3 is considered hard to program is how they distribute graphics, AI, etc amongst the spu's and optimizing everything to be in sync and rendered smoothly.

@ AllanWaKker

Ok, so I may not be the most tech savvy person, I'm merely pointing out to the above that there is a difference between programming a video game, and using the ps3 to run simulations. I'm sorry if you felt you know more about developping games than me. Please enlighten us.

progx3480d ago

Big difference between everyday shooter and MGS 4 retard.

AllanWakker3480d ago

"The reason that the ps3 is considered hard to program is how they distribute graphics, AI, etc amongst the spu's and optimizing everything to be in sync and rendered smoothly."

Oh shut up dimwit.

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