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Supercomputer systems replaced by PS3

Cell's immense power is largely undisputed by the scientific community. [email protected] is just one example of how Cell and the PS3 can compute massive amounts of data for the sake of scientific research. An astrophysicist recently linked eight PS3 systems together and was able to compute the same amount of data as 200 supercomputers. After Gaurav Khanna created code optimized for the PS3, Sony took attention and donated a few systems to his research.

"Basically, it's almost like a replacement," he told Wired. "I don't have to use that supercomputer anymore, which is a good thing." While one PS3 costs $500, a single supercomputer can cost $5000. The cost of eight PS3s is incredibly negligible compared to the massive cost of traditional supercomputers.

With his PS3s at hand, Khanna will be researching gravitational waves.

[Via Digg]

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21. i wonder if linking ps3s together like this could be applied to gaming. like having several ps3s doing seperate part of a complex program that wouldnt be possible with just one, but making all the players benefit from it. in a multi player game, one could render the objects, while another focuses on physics, and another handles all the player data. Making for a massive world, or ridiculous physics.

Posted at 9:25PM on Oct 17th 2007 by proArchy

22. So how many X-boxes dose it to take to be as good as a super computer ?


100,000,000

50,000 to be the super computer and the rest are to replace the x-boxes that got a ring of death and as you can see that would be alot.

Posted at 9:26PM on Oct 17th 2007 by Zim

23. I find it funny that scientists are able to harness the power of the PS3, yet game developers are whining that its too hard to code for the PS3.

I'm not a programmer, so I must be missing something...but still....

Posted at 9:30PM on Oct 17th 2007 by Roystik

24. And Gabe Newell still can't find a use for a PS3.

Posted at 10:37PM on Oct 17th 2007 by ghostjeep

25. @upz how is it bad news
@edge i have the original and theres going to be a new katamari coming to the PS3.

just like Consolcwby im the same i love hearing about this stuff. HOW MANY EXCLUSIVE SERIES DOES THE 360 REALLY HAVE ANYWAY? the PS3 is getting every second installment the 360 had in there first year, LOST PLANET is going tot the PS3 one less bullet you can take off your exclusive list. whats next dead rising? but then 360 fanboys will say we already had that after naming all there exclusives. from what is see 360 exclusives are nearly non existant mostly all of them show up on the PC with more content and better graphics. Maybe he PS3 hasnt gotten a lot of 9s but the constant stream of 8s with series that have not established them selves is nothing to scoff at. RFOM 8, Motorstorm 8, N. Gaiden sigma 9, Heavenly Sword 8, WarHawk 8, Folklore 8, strangly enough that only japan loves LAIR and gave it an 8.

Posted at 10:52PM on Oct 17th 2007 by MYPS3KilledMy360

26. ust like Consolcwby im the same i love hearing about this stuff. HOW MANY EXCLUSIVE SERIES DOES THE 360 REALLY HAVE ANYWAY? the PS3 is getting every second installment the 360 had in there first year, LOST PLANET is going tot the PS3 one less bullet you can take off your exclusive list. whats next dead rising? but then 360 fanboys will say we already had that after naming all there exclusives. from what is see 360 exclusives are nearly non existant mostly all of them show up on the PC with more content and better graphics. Maybe he PS3 hasnt gotten a lot of 9s but the constant stream of 8s with series that have not established them selves is nothing to scoff at. RFOM 8, Motorstorm 8, N. Gaiden sigma 9, Heavenly Sword 8, WarHawk 8, Folklore 8, strangly enough that only japan loves LAIR and gave it an 8.

Posted at 10:58PM on Oct 17th 2007 by MYPS3KilledMy360

27. @MYPS3KilledMy360: There's something you've got to understand about Sony-hating internet trolls like Edge - to them the PS3 will NEVER have any games. NEVER. Not a single one. It's like all those people on the net who say the Holocaust never happened, or men never landed on the moon, or that Kennedy was shot by the CIA: It is what they want to believe. It makes their hateful words and prejudice against people seem justified. In their eyes, they are the enlightened ones and everyone else are either misinformed, stupid, or part of the conspiracy. =/ Let's face it, when Sega went under someone had to be blamed for it and Sony seemed the likely candidate (of course, they would never blame Sega's own stupid misteps they took over the course of eight years as the real culprit - video game consoles are an extention of hostility and war with companies replacing governments, aren't they?) Ever since then, the hate for Sony has increased to the point where a typical teenager under nineteen has no idea WHY people hate Sony so much, but emulate what they see the 'cool' people doing. On the net there is no accountability, so they can do and say everything they can't in rl (such as call people n*ggers and f*ggots, troll, put up links to viruses, etc). The sad thing about them is this: In the end, they are nothing but hypocrites. Pure and simple - the worst of the worst, and they will grow up believing that they are accountable to no one and everything they do and say has no effect; in other words - they learn to dull their own consciences and develop a lack of empathy to humanity. At least that's what it looks like on XBL...

Posted at 12:00AM on Oct 18th 2007 by Consolcwby

28. people keep saying the ps3 has no games, yet 360 users have trouble naming good exclusives besides the games that are on 360 and the pc. we seem to have no trouble at all, warhaw motorstorm resistance heavenly sword genji ridge racer 7... and all the multi platforms. and th good upcomiung games littlebigplanet white knight story ff13 ff13 versus MGS4 motorstorm 2 and rockstar's unnamed ps3 exclusive title. still havent even touched all the games.

Posted at 1:15AM on Oct 18th 2007 by AK

29. #23 i believe he meant that since they are just buying the consoles and not games, and since sony is losing money on each console sold right now, sony is only losing on this deal and in turn we are too because of less money for games or extras for the ps3, things like this.

Posted at 2:16AM on Oct 18th 2007 by fly

30. Upz: "The scientific community buying up PS3s for use as cheap computational machines is actually bad news for Sony, and in turn, Sony fans" -- are you seriously telling me that these scientists aren't playing Warhawk on Friday afternoons?!?

Joking apart, I don't think the scientific community will buy enough to cause any kind of effect on Sony's finances (unless Sony keep giving systems away to labs!). For those who haven't yet understood: the reason this is important is that it once again proves the technological superiority of the PS3. We all know that it has been tough to program for but we also all know that the games are starting to come. It's going to take more time to get the full power out of the PS3, and that can be annoying. But at least it's something to look forward to, unlike other systems which are apparently at their best performance already. That must be disappointing.

Posted at 2:33AM on Oct 18th 2007 by Tom

31. Isn't This actually Bad for Sony? They sell the consoles at a Loss with hopes to make up the money in software sales. So that's eight PS3's that won't be buying any games.

Posted at 4:00AM on Oct 18th 2007 by Ronnie

32. Well said Consolcwby!

Posted at 9:06AM on Oct 18th 2007 by SimplyB

33. Sony did donate a few systems to this cause. Those systems will be a tax write off for sony which actually helps them on thier losses. Given that it is only a couple grand but it lessens the impact of the scientists buying them on their own and Sony just losing the money from production.

Posted at 12:07PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Castor

34. The thing that amuses me is that scientists are able to write and code for the Cell processor. That tells me what I've been thinking is when science and technology embrace this new tech. Game developers will start to as well. Which means the official beginning of NEXT GEN games. Not gaming 1.5

Posted at 12:40PM on Oct 18th 2007 by phenom13

35.
I hate to go off-topic of all the arguments of how this has anything to do with 360, but....

Seeing all those PS3's together gives me a boner.

Posted at 1:17PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Larz

36. How does this help ps3? it's falsifying sales stats. It's won't help better games come out. I'm sick of looking at my ps3 turned off all the time. im sick of having to play x360 all the time to get some enjoyment. i want some killer games on ps3. ps3's selling to replace super computers doesn't put more consoles in homes, and doesn't help better games come out.

Posted at 2:57PM on Oct 18th 2007 by EvilWalksWithMe

37.
PS3 Wins European Console Wars
Posted by sjohnson - Wednesday, October 17, 2007 7:47 AM

The console battlefields of the world are littered with the charred corpses of casualties from the console wars. Lynx, Intellivision, Jaquar, GameCube, brave, fallen soldiers all.

Anyway. The PlayStation 3 outsold it's two main console competitors in Europe for the week ending October 14th.

Here's how the numbers looked, according to VGChartz:

-------Weekly------Total
DS---158,975-----17,282,952
PS3---77,827------1,697,638
Wii----75,033-------3,523,800
PSP--62,027-------8,535,003
PS2---53,843-----43,151,763
360----42,244-------3,754,596
GBA----2,495-----19,534,242

The week's surge pushes the PS3's worldwide sales over 5 million. Do you think the PS-Triple has turned the corner and will see a similar spike in the states? Stay tuned! Also, how awesome is it that 2,495 Europeans bought a GameBoy Advance last week?

Posted at 8:09PM on Oct 18th 2007 by ekbigpimping

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