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February 1st, 2010, 12:26 AM
U.S. Air Force building supercomputer from PS3s

by Mike Smith


Image Courtesy of the USAF

No doubt the Air Force purchasing department gets some odd requests from time to time, but we'd love to have seen the grin on the face of the officer tasked with procuring some 1,700 Playstation 3s for a USAF facility in Rome, NY.

Before you complain about your tax dollars being spent on toys, the machines aren't for gaming. Instead, the facility -- an Air Force research lab -- will join them into a parallel-computing cluster that, when complete, will number well over 2,000 PS3s...


February 1st, 2010, 12:28 AM
Is that what they are using to fly their planes with:lolflag:

February 1st, 2010, 12:58 AM
That would be a mean flight simulator then....;)

February 1st, 2010, 05:02 AM
I know somebody who is doing research in the same lab as them. He says its one of the more idiotic experiments thats being conducted.

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February 1st, 2010, 05:13 AM
I was trying to get a job in the rome labs at one point...