Is the Playstation 3 faster than the Xbox 360???

December 2, 2010 in NEWS

For those of you that aren’t aware of the power of the PS3. Here is some interesting notes:

The heart of the PS3 is the “Cell Processor” that was designed in a combined effort by Sony, Toshiba and IBM. The design is a multi-core processor in which they placed as many processors as possible onto a single chip.

The 7th faster Supercomputer in the world is IBM’s “RoadRunner” located at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, USA running at 1.7 petaflops!!! It’s total cost is $133 million USD. The “RoadRunner” uses the PS3 Cell Processor to achieve these speeds!

Also seen today, in a tweet from Playstation was the article below……….


” The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has strung together 1,760 PlayStation 3 gaming systems to create what it’s calling the fastest interactive computer system in the entire DoD, capable of executing 500 trillion floating point operations per second.

Known as the Condor Cluster, the array also packs 168 GPUs and 84 servers to direct traffic within the system, allowing all that power to work in parallel. At a total cost of about $2 million, the AFRL estimates the cluster costs something like five to 10 percent of equivalent computers built from scratch. It also consumes just 10 percent of the power.

condor-air-force-ps3-computerThe array employs the older model PS3s (the larger ones) because new models don’t allow the installation of Linux, a key component for turning the consoles into pliable computing hubs. The AFRL will use the Condor Cluster for quickly processing high-res satellite imagery, radar enhancement, and even research into artificial intelligence. ”

I did a search on Xbox Supercompters and came up with Xbox sites referencing how PS3 were being used as Supercomputers!!!??
So exactly where are the Xbox Supercomputers???


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