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Call of duty for PS3 in US Airforce Condor supercomputer

A cluster of 1.716 Sony Playstation3 games consoles has been used in a real-life "call of duty" at the US Airforce research laboratory.

The Condor Cluster uses the consoles to create a heterogeneous supercomputer capable of 500 trillion calculations per second, according to Mark Barnell, director of high performance computing at the Airforce Research Laboratory.

"It is about the 35th or 36th fastest supercomputer in the world, but with some upgrades in the next eight or nine months we could boost this to, say, the 20th fastest, and at the same time make it the greenest supercomputer."

The $2m (£1.27m) machine is one 40th of the price of equivalent supercomputers and will be used to research computational intelligence.

The computer could be used to read millions of lines of data and correct human errors. In theory it could be taught to learn by filling in missing information itself.

According to Barnell the Condor Cluster can read up to 30 pages of information per second with 99.9% accuracy, even if 20% of the actual information is missing.


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