Using the PlayStation to Protect the Nation

Colin Patrick

Put 1,760 PlayStation 3 consoles together in a room and what do you get? Either one gigantic gaming get-together – or a staggeringly-quick super computer “capable of executing 500 trillion floating point operations per second.”

The unit, constructed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, cost around $2 million to build – but is about ten times more cost- and energy-efficient than comparable computers.

According to this POPSCI article: "The AFRL will use the Condor Cluster for quickly processing high-res satellite imagery, radar enhancement, and even research into artificial intelligence”.

So, feel free to utilize that little bit of information next time someone tells you that video games are a waste of time.