Dienstag, 10. Juni 2008

Roadrunner Petaflop Supercomputer Uses PS3 Cell Processor

roadrunner petaflop sony ps3

Above is the new king of supercomputers dubbed "Roadrunner" by the US Military. It has entered the mighty petaflop territory with 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second. Roadrunner was built by IBM and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, US. The main purpose of Roadrunner is to simulate behavior of weapons in explosions. It will later be used to help with climate change projects.

The most interesting part for us is that Roadrunner uses 12,960 improved PlayStation 3 Cell processors to achieve the numbers. The total cost for Roadrunner is $133 million dollars.

The current Stanford folding@home stats show that the PS3 users worldwide contribute 1.527 quadrillion calculations per second or 50% faster than Roadrunner.

We wonder what happened with the Air Force's request for 300 40gb PS3's. That would make for a nice mini supercomputer.

More info on Roadrunner from the NY Times.


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