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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