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PS3's Used As SuperComputer To Calculate Blackhole Vibrations

Discussion in 'Science' started by Cartman, May 20, 2015.

  1. Cartman

    Cartman Guest

    The Sony PS3 has a number of unique features that make it particularly suited for scientific computation. First, the PS3 is an open platform, which essentially means that one can run a different system software on it (*AS OF MARCH 2010 THIS IS NO LONGER TRUE*) for example:powerPC Linux. Next, it has a revolutionary processor called the Cell Processor which was developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba. This processor has a main CPU (called the PPE) and several (six (6) for the PS3) special compute engines (called SPEs) available for raw computation. Moreover, each SPE performs vector operations, which implies that they can compute on multiple data, in a single step (SIMD). Finally, its incredibly low cost make it very attractive as a scientific computing node as part of a compute cluster. In fact, its highly plausible that the raw computing power-per-dollar that the PS3 offers, is significantly higher than anything else on the market today.

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