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Pictured: The U.S. Air Force's PS3 Cluster Set-up

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Oh, so THAT'S what 336 PS3s looks like.

A couple of weeks ago we reported that the US Air Force had plans to purchase 2,200 PlayStation 3s for to use as part of its supercomputing cluster.

Last year, the Air Force acquired at least 300 PS3s for test purposes of the Cell Broadband Engine. The systems are at Air Force Research Laboratory's information directorate in Rome, N.Y. The Air Force used the PS3 cluster to stitch multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images, video processing, and building computers with brain-like properties.

It looks very cool and impressive when they have them all hooked up. That said, how ever cool 336 looks now, there's no way it will look as awesome as over 2,500 together.

Check the image above, via SFGate. To read more about using consoles for things that aren't Modern Warfare 2 or Uncharted, check out the full piece here.

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    sunflier , December 9, 2009 2:30 PM
    That's one heck of a LAN Party!!
  • 19 Hide
    meat81 , December 9, 2009 2:58 PM
    My Tax dollars at work...
  • 19 Hide
    deadlockedworld , December 9, 2009 2:49 PM
    SKYNET!
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  • 3 Hide
    kelewan , December 9, 2009 2:27 PM
    Very cool.
  • 25 Hide
    sunflier , December 9, 2009 2:30 PM
    That's one heck of a LAN Party!!
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    patrick_kbf , December 9, 2009 2:32 PM
    So beautiful it brings a tear to my eye. Now if only I could afford it...
  • 10 Hide
    hispeed120 , December 9, 2009 2:34 PM
    I wonder if they have cooling issues?
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    christop , December 9, 2009 2:43 PM
    Sorry I see now why they used ps3 I had no idea of the power it has...
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    deadlockedworld , December 9, 2009 2:49 PM
    SKYNET!
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    blingbling , December 9, 2009 2:57 PM
    schizofrogBut can it play Crysis??? (Sorry... I just had to... )

    OMG!!!
  • 19 Hide
    meat81 , December 9, 2009 2:58 PM
    My Tax dollars at work...
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    njkid3 , December 9, 2009 3:06 PM
    that is one fine looking cluster
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    TripGun , December 9, 2009 3:10 PM
    I fail to see the practicality of this setup. True, the cell processor can move large amounts data, but I don't see it having the effectiveness of what a render farm could deliver. This seems to me as being a media recruiting machine, "come join us,look how cool we are".
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    ssalim , December 9, 2009 3:11 PM
    schizofrogBut can it play Crysis??? (Sorry... I just had to... )


    God damn it! Will you (all of you) stop doing this childish shit?
  • 5 Hide
    obsidian86 , December 9, 2009 3:12 PM
    forget crysis it aint on ps3 ,

    so to revise "can it play crysis 2?"
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    mlopinto2k1 , December 9, 2009 3:13 PM
    TripGunI fail to see the practicality of this setup. True, the cell processor can move large amounts data, but I don't see it having the effectiveness of what a render farm could deliver. This seems to me as being a media recruiting machine, "come join us,look how cool we are".
    Do some research, you'll find your answer. A render farm made up of 2,200 NVIDIA cards would be nice but I don't think nearly as cost effective. Plus, this really smacks the other consoles in the face. Go Sony.
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    megamanx00 , December 9, 2009 3:14 PM
    Your tax dollars at work
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    neodude007 , December 9, 2009 3:21 PM
    I fail to see the point of this. Would it not take less power and be better to just use computers? Core i7s plus a range of video cards could do whatever PS3s could do better.
    PS3 is not some godly computing powerhouse compared to PCs and nice video cards.
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    jgiron , December 9, 2009 3:23 PM
    Quote:
    But can it play Crysis??? (Sorry... I just had to... )

    yes, but it won't play Super Mario Bros or Halo
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    tortnotes , December 9, 2009 3:26 PM
    NeoDude007I fail to see the point of this. Would it not take less power and be better to just use computers? Core i7s plus a range of video cards could do whatever PS3s could do better.PS3 is not some godly computing powerhouse compared to PCs and nice video cards.


    Perhaps, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper.
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