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The US Air Force built a supercomputer out of networked PS3s.

The US Air Force built a supercomputer out of networked PS3s.


From the moment the PlayStation 3 was announced, computer geeks worldwide were excited.

Not for the gaming possibilities, but due to the equipment inside the console itself.

Supercomputers at the time were so incredibly expensive that it was actually cheaper and often better to network a bunch of PS3s and use them as one.

The Air Force Research Laboratory did just this by connecting 1,760 PS3s to 168 extra graphics units and 84 servers, nicknaming their project the “Condor Cluster”.

At its completion, it was the 33rd most powerful supercomputer in the world — no mean feat for a munch of PS3s!

 

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