A Military Supercomputer Made From 1,700 PlayStation 3 Gaming Consoles

PS3Dave Tobin writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard:

Rome, NY — Computer scientists just up the Thruway at Rome’s Air Force Research Lab have assembled one of the world’s largest, fastest and cheapest supercomputers — and it’s made from PlayStation 3s.

By linking together 1,716 PlayStation 3s, they’ve created a supercomputer that’s very good at processing, manipulating and interpreting vast amounts of imagery. This will provide analysts with new levels of detail from the pictures gathered on long surveillance flights by spy planes.

The PlayStation 3 is a video gaming console that originally sold for about $500. It was developed by Sony, released in 2006 and is known for its sizzlingly clear video graphics.

The Air Force calls the souped-up PlayStations the Condor Supercomputer and says it is among the 40 fastest computers in the world. The Condor went online late last year, and it will likely change the way the Air Force and the Air National Guard watch things on the ground.

The creation, while offbeat, illustrates the modern job for the operation that began as Rome Air Development Center in 1951, researching radar. It has survived the closing of Griffiss Air Force Base in 1995 to find a new niche.

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16 Comments on "A Military Supercomputer Made From 1,700 PlayStation 3 Gaming Consoles"

  1. Reminds me when Saddam Hussein’s military supposedly did the same thing with the PS2

  2. Reminds me when Saddam Hussein’s military supposedly did the same thing with the PS2

  3. Anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm |

    Wow, they invented distributed processing! They are just a couple of decades late on implementation. And this makes news why? Because they are using PS3? They are late in that game too (pun fully intended).

  4. SikterEfendi | Apr 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm |

    Wow, they invented distributed processing! They are just a couple of decades late on implementation. And this makes news why? Because they are using PS3? They are late in that game too (pun fully intended).

  5. Anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm |

    “A Military Supercomputer Made From 1,700 PlayStation 3 Gaming Consoles”

    No, no irony here….

  6. Anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm |

    “A Military Supercomputer Made From 1,700 PlayStation 3 Gaming Consoles”

    No, no irony here….

  7. GoodDoktorBad | Apr 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm |

    “A Military Supercomputer Made From 1,700 PlayStation 3 Gaming Consoles”

    No, no irony here….

  8. Anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm |

    Sky-Net is born…

  9. Anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm |

    Sky-Net is born…

  10. anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm |

    I wonder if sony will sue them for hacking the ps3

  11. anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm |

    I wonder if sony will sue them for hacking the ps3

  12. Jakey_gotya_0820 | Apr 5, 2011 at 2:23 am |

    man thats fuckin sick imagin what would happen if that many xboxes got put together!!!! sqrew a super computer that shit would be scary!

  13. Jakey_gotya_0820 | Apr 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm |

    man thats fuckin sick imagin what would happen if that many xboxes got put together!!!! sqrew a super computer that shit would be scary!

  14. Bud Bundy | Apr 5, 2011 at 3:46 am |

    Don’t tell my PS3. It might get ideas.

  15. Bud Bundy | Apr 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm |

    Don’t tell my PS3. It might get ideas.

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