The US’ Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) recently unveiled a supercomputer made out of 1,760 PlayStation 3 consoles. (They used older PS3s instead of PS3 Slims due to the Slims’ lack of Linux support; looks like that wasn’t just a fringe Slashdot-type issue after all.) Dubbed the Condor Cluster, the Air Force’s new computer has some serious specs — 500 TeraFLOPS, with 168 separate GPUs and 84 coordinating servers.
According to the Air Force, at $2 million, the system costs only five to ten percent as much as a comparable system made from separate components, in addition to consuming one-tenth the energy.
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