Following my retirement, we have closed our company for new business.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly, our email portal remains open and I would be delighted to hear from you and provide ongoing support or advice.

Richard Thomson

Companies represented up to the end of December 2023. Please now contact them directly.

k-Space Associates, Inc.
Phone: +1 (734) 426-7977

Phone: +49 8761 76 24 0

Thursday 16 December 2010

What can you do with 1,760 Sony PS3s?

The answer is build the fastest interactive computer in the US Defense Department and use it for quick processing of ultra-high-resolution satellite imagery, as well as research into artificial intelligence, radar enhancement and pattern recognition ( ... defense department discusses). The PS3 cluster is about the 33rd largest computer in the world. Interestingly, the staff at the US Air Force Research Laboratory reckon that this huge computer power cost is about 5-10% of the cost of an equivalent system built with off-the-shelf computer parts. Another advantage of the PS3-based supercomputer is its energy efficiency: it consumes just 10% of the power of comparable supercomputers. They must be pretty good at Gran Turismo by now.

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