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PlayStation 3 Clusters Providing Low-Cost Supercomputing to Universities

When its not crunching data brought back by spy plane missions, the US Air Force's PlayStation 3 super-computer (nicknamed "Condor") is now being loaned out to universities so they can crunch slightly less dangerous data.

One of those institutions is the University of Dayton in Ohio, where it's being put to work creating "artificial neural networks".

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Bear_Grylls3506d ago

Is it connecting to PSN correctly?

Joni-Ice3506d ago

LOL...No it has different software. Never was on PSN servers.

gamingdroid3506d ago (Edited 3506d ago )

If it was, Sony might have disabled the feature especially if the air force is loaning it to others!

rockleex3505d ago (Edited 3505d ago )

"...where it's being put to work creating artificial neural networks."

The birth of Skynet? @[email protected]

undercovrr3506d ago

I'm guessing Air Force is gonna buy a crapload of "Project cafe's " when they come out as it is supposedly more powerful than the ps3.

Ducky3506d ago

It's not exactly about power though.

PS3's were sold at loss by Sony as their strategy is to gain revenue through future software sales.
So, from a server point of view, you get an awesome bang for your buck.

rockleex3505d ago (Edited 3505d ago )

They're using PS3's because of THE WAY the Cell Processor crunches numbers, and at a pretty cheap price.

"The Condor Supercomputer’s PlayStation 3, Taha said, is particularly well suited for neural network research. “The PS3’s Cell processor handles a lot of parallelism,” Taha said, “like neurons in a brain.”

Nes_Daze3506d ago

They should pay those hackers a visit...:)