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PS3 tower used to calculate black hole disaster

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Check this out. Astrophysicist Gaurav Khanna has stacked together 16 PS3s to make a super-computer, as you do, for the purpose of simulating black hole collisions. Apparently the Cell processor makes PS3 a better choice for this sort of stuff than your average desktop.

"Overall, a single PS3 performs better than the highest-end desktops available and compares to as many as 25 nodes of an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer," Khanna said.

Here's his site, which describes what he's doing with his 16 Linux-powered PS3s. This guy's got a f**king "PlayStation 3 Gravity Grid". He has our respect.

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Patrick Garratt: Patrick Garratt is a games media legend - and not just by reputation. He was named as such in the UK's 'Games Media Awards', the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. After garnering experience on countless gaming magazines, he joined Eurogamer and later split from that brand to create VG247, putting the site on the map with fast, 24-hour a day coverage, and assembling the site's earliest editorial teams. He retired from VG247, and the games industry, in 2017.
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