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Other Air Force Unveils Fastest Defence Supercomputer

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  1. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    And yet another supercomputer.


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    ..Air Force Unveils Fastest Defense Supercomputer, Made of 1,760 PlayStation 3s By Clay Dillow
    Posted 12.02.2010 at 10:54 am 46 Comments


    The Condor Cluster Department of Defense
    The holidays may be driving video game console sales, but apparently so is the military. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has strung together 1,760 PlayStation 3 gaming systems to create what it’s calling the fastest interactive computer system in the entire DoD, capable of executing 500 trillion floating point operations per second.

    Known as the Condor Cluster, the array also packs 168 GPUs and 84 servers to direct traffic within the system, allowing all that power to work in parallel. At a total cost of about $2 million, the AFRL estimates the cluster costs something like five to 10 percent of equivalent computers built from scratch. It also consumes just 10 percent of the power.

    The array employs the older model PS3s (the larger ones) because new models don’t allow the installation of Linux, a key component for turning the consoles into pliable computing hubs. The AFRL will use the Condor Cluster for quickly processing high-res satellite imagery, radar enhancement, and even research into artificial intelligence.


    http://www.popsci.com/technology/ar...es-new-supercomputer-made-1760-playstation-3s
     
  2. Nealieboyee

    Nealieboyee Packaging Master!

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    Goddam fanboys!!
     
  3. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    Another PS3 supercomputer ? You have to admit it is cool
     
  4. digitaldunc

    digitaldunc New Member

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    But can it play...

    You know someone had to.
     
  5. Nealieboyee

    Nealieboyee Packaging Master!

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    lets see them open a word document with it!
     
  6. thelaw

    thelaw New Member

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    What happens if one fails, fancy going through that lot to work out which one?
     
  7. Chr!s

    Chr!s New Member

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    Welcome to last year.
     
  8. Unicorn

    Unicorn Uniform November India

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    That flatscreen is nowhere near big enough for split screen action... don't the DoD have any projectors?!
     
  9. themax

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    This is the Air Force (And Military in General) we are talking about. It's not that they can't afford a bigger screen for that cluster. It's that the General in charge of AFRL probably has the two biggest ones available in his office he is hardly ever in.
     
  10. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    if you didn't i would have:D
     
  11. DeadP1xels

    DeadP1xels Social distancing since 92

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    Minesweeper? maxed graphics i hear aswell!

    I think so :thumb:
     
  12. Unicorn

    Unicorn Uniform November India

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    Haha, probably true! Either there or in the command center ;)
     
  13. Picarro

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    Why am I imagining some air-force punk playing GRID in a NASA style control-center? 60-screen-eyefinity-lookalike
     
  14. mecblade

    mecblade 14 year old Technophile

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    WOW...... there is some serious HAWX and ACE Combat fanboyism running through the Air Force right now :D :thumb:
     
  15. genesisofthesith

    genesisofthesith complete spanner

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    Subsidised by Sony
     
  16. klaxxon

    klaxxon What's a lemerd?

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    Thats my Air Force........ always gotta have the fastest computer. I'll bet solitaire looks amazing though.
     
  17. Psycho

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    No. It can't. Simple.
     
  18. Sloth

    Sloth #yolo #swag

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    I'm sure that if someone with enough authority wanted it to it would.

    It's running Linux afterall. Just a matter of emulation.
     
  19. TheBlackSwordsMan

    TheBlackSwordsMan Far over the misty mountains cold

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    I'M sur it can't run Crysis
     
  20. Cus_de_Sparta65

    Cus_de_Sparta65 "There is no dremel"

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    PS3 cannot run Linux any more after an update a few months ago
     

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