US Air Force orders 2200 Sony PS3s

US Air Force orders 2200 Sony PS3s
US Air Force orders 2200 Sony PS3s 

By James Sherwood
25th November 2009

The US Air Force plans to buy a whopping 2200 PlayStation 3 games 
consoles which it will use to expand an existing PS3-based 

The current cluster of consoles contains 336 PS3s, each connected by 
their RJ45 ports to a common 24-port Gigabit Ethernet hub, Air Force 
online documentation states.

The entire set-up runs on an in-house developed Linux-based OS.

However, the expanded PS3 supercomputer will be used to further the Air 
Force's "architectural studies" which "determine what software and 
hardware technologies are implemented [in] military systems".

The Air Force hasn't said much more than this, preferring to keep its 
intentions close to its medal-bedecked chest. However, it did describe 
one possible scenario where the PS3 supercomputer could be used to 
determine additional software and hardware requirements for advanced 
computing architectures and high-performance embedded computing 


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