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    Default Air Force Unveils Fastest Defense Supercomputer, Made of 1,760 PlayStation 3s

    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 itís 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 donít 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/art...playstation-3s
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    The Air Force is relying on video game consoles.


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    What in the hell did they do with all the joysticks???

    I swear, it's like I'm playin' cards with my brother's kids or somethin'. You nerve-wrackin' sons-a-bitches.

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    Why 1760 of them? Why not 5000? Why not 20,000? Odd number to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vhin04 View Post
    Why 1760 of them? Why not 5000? Why not 20,000? Odd number to use.
    Probably what the IT guys had availible in their dorm rooms...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vhin04 View Post
    Why 1760 of them? Why not 5000? Why not 20,000? Odd number to use.
    Maybe it's maxed out at that number and adding more would create a whole other string of problems?? I love it. New computers and software are so expensive and this only cost $2 mil. That is a bargain basement price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    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.
    That's awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    The Air Force is relying on video game consoles.


    Alright then.

    So Alex Rogan is heading up the AFRL now? Cool, seems like a natural fit.


 

 

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