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Well, I must admit: I hate gaming but I like game consoles because they can be hacked into cheap but very powerfull PC.
With the Playstation 3 and its Cell BE processor, Sony has conceived a supercomputer that has the best performance/cost ratio on the market.
For less than $400, you get a system that features
- A 3.2GHz Cell BE processor
- An NVidia RSX Graphical processor
- 256MB XDR Main RAM
- 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
- An 80GB 2.5' Serial ATA HDD
- Ethernet, Wifi and Bluetooth networking
- a Blu-ray/DVD/CD player
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI output, analog and digital audio outputs
Well, that does not sound really impressive so far but look closer at the Cell BE processor.
Actually, the Cell Broadband Engine combines a Power Architecture core with 7 vectorial coprocessors that can be use for 3D graphical data processing or for many kinds of mathematical operations: at the Dartsmouth University, scientists have built a supercomputer based on 16 PS3 consoles to solve complex equations designed to predict the properties of gravitational waves generated by the black holes located at the center of the galaxies.
You can too build your own home-brewed supercomputer by following the step-by-step guide created by UMass Dartmouth Physics Professor Gaurav Khanna and UMass Dartmouth Principal Investigator Chris Poulin under the GNU licence.
In this guide, the authors use Fedora 8, but Red Hat or Yellow Dog will work fine too. (just forget about Ubuntu which has no support for the PowerPc processor).Read »