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Speaking with The New York Times, the physicist discussed working at the University of Massachusetts Darmouth and, despite what you may think, the PS3 is the perfect machine to create a cheap, efficient supercomputer out of. “Science has become expensive,” said Dr. Khanna. “There’s simply not that much money going around, either at the university or the federal level. Supercomputing allows scientists to make up for the resources they don’t have.”
This is possible because of the cell processors in the console, which have notoriously made it hard to code for, make the PS3 a powerhouse when it comes to raw computing power. Throw in the fact that users can install separate operating systems, such as Linux, on the machine and you have the perfect building block for a supercomputer.
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When all is said and done, Dr. Khanna was able to create a supercomputer that matches the processing power of 3 000 laptops for $75 000, a tenth of the cost of a traditional supercomputer. Two research papers have already been published based off of this research, with more to come. For more news on PS3 and gaming news today, stay tuned to The Jesters Court.