Monday, 06 Dec, 2010 Technology

New Supercomputer Used by US Air Force is Made of 1,760 PS3s


Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory created a very special supercomputer. Recently they unveiled a machine that is made of 1,760 PlayStation 3 consoles, 168 separate graphical processing units and 84 coordinating servers.

The supercomputer is called Condor Cluster. It is worth mentioning that the machine can reach a speed of 500 teraflops per seconds.

Although it is composed of exactly 1,760 PS 3s, the supercomputer is not very expensive, compared to other supercomputers. It costs $2 million, which is 5-10 percent the cost of system with a similar power. In addition, Condor Cluster is more energy efficient, consuming 10 percent less power than supercomputers of the same power.

It would also be interesting to note that the new system will be used to process satellite imagery and play an important role in different scientific researches, reports FeedtheGamer.

The supercomputer will be officially presented at Wright-Paterson Air Force Base in Rome, NY.

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