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PS3 cluster = Supercomputer & cheaper too

Cooks food? Check. Cures cancer? Check. Keeps us safe at night? Check. Thinks like us? Check. Runs simulations regarding ripples space-time related to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity? Hang on, that last one is new! Eight PlayStation 3s [PS3] have been strung together to process the same data as one Supercomputer and it’s a cool sounding project too.

Dr. Gaurav Khanna is the project overseer on research into gravitational waves and what happens when a super-massive black hole, nearly a million times the mass of Sol our Sun, swallows a star. Each simulation usuallys require the renting of Supercomputers at $5000 per run, with up to 500 processors to do the same type of the eight PS3s are doing thanks to the massive amount of processing power the Cell processor. In fact, the PS3 cluster is equal to 200 of the supercomputing nodes he previously relied on. Says Khanna;

“Basically, it’s almost like a replacement. I don’t have to use that supercomputer anymore, which is a good thing.”

Khanna also has praise for Sony’s decision to open up the PS3 to run Linux based software, and after tweaking his code, garnered Sony’s attention with the kind of performance he was driving out of the machine;

“Sony did this remarkable thing of making the PS3 an open platform, so you can in fact run Linux on it and it doesn’t control what you do. Once I was able to get to the point that I had this kind of performance from a single PS3, I think that’s when Sony started paying attention.”

Sony provided the cluster of PS3s, however, Khanna notes that despite the freebies, the price of the PS3 cluster compared to a Supercomputer is still quite attractive. With the PS3 cluster priced at $3200 US compared to $5000 US per Supercomputer session, they’re proving an excellent resource for scientists;

“For the same amount of money — well, I didn’t pay for it, but even if you look into the amount of funding that would go into buying something like eight PS3s — for the same amount of money I can do these runs indefinitely.”

The gravitational wave research is expected to be published in the next few weeks. So, what’s next for the PlayStation 3?

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Comment by Saurian on 2007-10-19 11:48:41 | Reply

wonder if they will ever try GAMES on it??

Comment by Kate Loire on 2007-10-22 17:03:35 | Reply

Agreed. Then i’d consider getting one.

Comment by Sage on 2007-10-19 13:17:19 | Reply

Wow havnt heard that one in a while. stop posting off topic msgs.

Comment by AN angry H0BO on 2007-10-19 15:04:56 | Reply

-dude I’ve seen you come over to xboxic and rip apart different xbox games……the ps3 sucks deal with it.

Comment by AugustusBot on 2007-10-19 15:40:55 | Reply

are 5 - 360s as powerful as a supercomputer? nope.

But five PS3s also aren’t as powerful as a super-computer…

That comparison makes no sense. At least try and get the right figure first dude.

Comment by saurian on 2007-10-19 20:15:47 | Reply

Does it matter as long there are all the best games on it?

Comment by AugustusBot on 2007-10-19 21:43:13 | Reply

i swear it said 5 the other night when i read this? sorry, didnt reread when i responded this morning.

Comment by halo 3 FTW on 2007-10-19 22:14:47 | Reply

pointless :p

Comment by Fred on 2007-10-20 10:06:01 | Reply

maybe this “super ps3″ will have enough memory to run assassins creed!! ha ha ha


Comment by pastyman72 on 2007-10-20 11:14:11 | Reply

Not sure but I’m confident it’ll have enough blu-ray disk space……………

Comment by Sage on 2007-10-20 11:37:00 | Reply

People that lol at their own msgs are retards. AN angry H0BO, were you talkin to me?

Comment by jojo on 2007-10-20 17:39:52 | Reply

i need a larger penis

same ;[

Comment by Sage on 2007-10-20 20:23:18 | Reply


Comment by Veritas on 2007-10-20 20:44:04 | Reply

So someone found a good use for the PS3 after all!

Comment by akbar on 2007-10-20 22:31:53 | Reply

X360 is now, PS3 is the future.

Comment by saurian on 2007-10-22 09:05:59 | Reply

But the future of What ?
Not games Consoles thats for sure.

Comment by Daniel_drago on 2007-10-22 11:36:55 | Reply

Well, As an xbox360 user I will still say this is quite impressive to see.
BUT the thing thats bugging me the most recently with this kind of news is the fact that its the CELL doing all the work NOT the console as a whole. so if they took CELL and put it in a different computing system I’m pretty sure it would EXACTLY the same.
As long as the computer system obviously meets the requirements to use and run the correct programs.

And also the ps3 isnt curing ANYTHING either I dont see people walking out of hospitals going OHMY teh ps3 saved my life…coz thats just retareded. It hlps those in medical fields sift thro HUGE amounts of data coz of CELL therefore all PS3 fanbois THIS SITE ENTIRELY should except the fact that u rly on CELL to do everything for u and the ps3 its self seckz ALOT OF SHIT.
Thank you for your time. (u seriously thought i wasnt going to flame? lol in yo face fanbois)

Comment by Mike on 2007-10-22 16:13:18 | Reply

Wow…., there sure is alot of people here who think the sun shines out of Bill Gate’s arse, please go back to xboxic and take ur anti-ps3, 360 fanboy rubbish with u, we don’t want u here it’s a simple article for people who like to use features on the ps3 other than gaming.

Comment by Yoshima 31ite on 2007-10-22 20:17:01 | Reply

yeah, i suppose that’s good since it apperently sucks ass at gaming lol

Comment by Mike on 2007-10-23 13:36:53 | Reply

where u not paying attenton piss off, if u want to complain bout ps3 go do so with other 360 users on an xbox fanboy site, we really couldn’t give a damn about ur opinion

Comment by daniel_drago on 2007-10-23 20:44:59 | Reply

the tell ur damn ps3 fanshits to stay here KTHXBAI

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