12.01.09 8 years ago 4 Comments


The Department of Defense is buying 2,200 PS3 consoles to upgrade one of their supercomputers, currently a linux cluster of 336 PS3s being used by the USAF.  Sony sells the system at loss to make their profit on the comeback, [You ever turn tricks for a new GTA game?  I have.] so these can be used to build economical Linux supercomputers like the Warhawk Server Cluster.  How much money does it save?  According to the DoD’s Justification Review Document, about ninety freakin’ percent:

With respect to cell processors, a single 1U server configured with two 3.2GHz cell processors can cost up to $8K while two Sony PS3s cost approximately $600. Though a single 3.2 GHz cell processor can deliver over 200 GFLOPS, whereas the Sony PS3 configuration delivers approximately 150 GFLOPS, the approximately tenfold cost difference per GFLOP makes the Sony PS3 the only viable technology for HPC applications. [arstechnica]

That was a fancy way of saying, “BOOM, HEADSHOT!”


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