Supercomputer from PlayStation 3!

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New York, Dec 28: Gaming freaks, and for all those for whom the gaming console is more precious than life itself, this is a piece of news that can give you goosebumps. Researchers at the US Air Force have developed the Defence Department's largest interactive supercomputer- the 35th fastest in the world - out of 1,760 Song PlayStation 3s.

According to The Air Force Times, the amalgamation of consoles, nicknamed the 'Condor Cluster,' will be used to "process high-resolution satellite images and boost surveillance capabilities". It will allow scientists to monitor a 15.5-mile area in real time.

Mark Barnell, of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio- where the computer was unveiled earlier this December-said that the computer is also capable of reading 20 pages per second with up to 30 percent of the characters removed and recovering all the words without error.

The 'Condor Cluster' is energy efficient and costs 2 million dollars, well below that of traditional computing equipment. "We're striving hard to make affordable and constrained systems, where they can really use them and make a difference," the New York Post quoted Barnell as saying.

He also added that it is thought to be the seventh 'greenest' computer in the world.

The 'Condor Cluster' can achieve about 1.5 GigaFLOPS-floating point operations per second, the unit by which supercomputing power is measured-per watt of computing power, about fifteen times more powerful than a typical supercomputer.

"We have quite a few research and development efforts working on those kind of applications to do confabulation and prediction and that will open up a variety of areas which could help with a lot of other efforts and a lot of the areas in which the Air Force would like to go," he said.


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