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The United States Air Force Research Laboratory has ordered 2,000 PlayStation 3s, with the intention of creating a supercomputer by harnessing the processing power of the collective group.
Defense-owned news source Stars and Stripes stating that the US Air Force has commissioned a supercomputer comprised of 2,000 PlayStation 3s. The $2 million project will also utilize an "off-the-shelf" graphics processor to create a supercomputer "nearly 100,000 times faster than high-end computer processors sold today," according to Stars and Stripes.
This isn't the first time that a Sony video game console has been linked to a military power. About ten years ago, Sony's PlayStation 2 was rumored to have been purchased en masse by the Iraq in order to build a supercomputer for military purposes. And you wonder why we couldn't find "weapons of mass destruction" over there...
Originally posted by Danbones
what are they going to use as the operating system?
Vice City ?
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
According to Gizmodo this has nothing to do with the release of "COD: Black Ops".
... that the Sony consoles will create a supercomputer nearly 100,000 times faster than high-end computer processors sold today.
The Clinton administration eventually wants to see the removal of hardware controls on computer exports to countries including China and India. Restrictions on countries considered terrorist threats--including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Cuba and North Korea--would remain intact.
However, Iraq already has figured out how to get around the restrictions. Followers of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein reportedly bought 1,400 PlayStation 2 units last year with the intent of developing a military system with the chips they contain. The gaming machines aren't subject to the same export rules as computers.