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US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-who-knows-a-good-ps3-flight-sim dept.
bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."
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US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s

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  • In the future... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Braintrust (449843) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @05:17AM (#30223958)

    ...processing power will be purchased in units of physical volume.

    These units will be named something clever. They will come in different flavors.

    They will be designed as components; primarily used to comprise a greater whole.

  • Re:Loss for Sony? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by blind biker (1066130) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @07:22AM (#30224592) Journal

    Except that Sony is not selling them below production costs. It costs them about $250 apiece to produce.

    Also, if Sony wanted to be angry, "now" is too late already, because the Pande Group (home and founders of Folding@Home) has bought thousands of PS3s for running their protein folding algorithms.

  • Re:Cell processor (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Nerdfest (867930) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @08:19AM (#30224812)
    Nearest I could to a price find on that is about $7000. That will buy more than 20 PS3's. (Although the QS21 is a more powerful machine, with 2 cell processors).
  • Re:Loss for Sony? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by DJRumpy (1345787) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @09:24AM (#30225106)

    [Citation Needed] "Except that Sony is not selling them below production costs. It costs them about $250 apiece to produce."

  • by BenEnglishAtHome (449670) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @10:03AM (#30225406)

    They can be shut down without a proper budget, unless you missed the California meltdown, and all of the drama when it came to funding our troops. Budget and government are always very real hurdles.

    You're talking about the federal government and, technically, you're right. About every decade-and-a-half or so, Congress gets the budget so fouled up that the President refuses to sign a continuing order to keep the government working. At that point, the government technically stops. All non-essential personnel are let go. It's happened twice during my 27 years with the government.

    However, I don't think it'll ever happen again.

    Statutorily, to do a shutdown, all employees must receive notice in person and in writing. If the fed is going to shut down tomorrow, every single employee gets contacted today and told to be at the office in the morning to receive their formal notice. The law requires it.

    That means that every single Special Agent on stakeout is pulled off of surveillance to come to the office to get their letter. Every Special Officer, Revenue Officer, every sort of officer, agent, analyst, tech, etc., ad infinitum must all show up at the main office at the same time.

    The fed employs a huge percentage of people who actually visit their office in the downtown federal building (wherever that may be in your city) just once or twice a year. But at budget shutdown time, they're all there. The halls are packed with people because there's just not enough room for them to all sit down.

    Keep in mind that this in-person notification, with everyone at the same place at the same time, is an absolute statutory requirement.

    Now, in this post 9/11 USA, who'd be crazy enough to do this? Any half-assed attempt at setting off a bomb or flying a plane into a building would, at about 8:30 on the morning of a shutdown, kill more badge-toting feds than any normal-day method I can conceive short of a nuclear option.

    I really don't think the feds will ever shut down again. Seriously. It's just too crazy to contemplate these days. The last time it happened was well before 9/11 and plenty of people in the government, even during those relaxed times, commented on what a huge and idiotic security risk it was. I sincerely doubt we'll ever do it again.

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