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Fun PS3 project - 16 node 'supercomputer'


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#1 OFFLINE   bhelton71

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 12:29 PM

If this has been posted I couldn't find it - looks like the old story about Saddam Hussein buying all of those Playstation 2's has come full circle. Luckily these guys are using their powers for good - and a little physics research.

Few highlights:

Thanks to a very generous, partial donation by Sony, we have a sixteen PS3 cluster in our department, which we call PS3 Gravity Grid.


We are using "stock" PS3s for this cluster, with no hardware modifications. They are networked together using an inexpensive netgear gigabit switch. For Linux installation, there are several guides available on the internet. For YDL Linux, consider using the guide by Terrasoft Solutions. For Fedora Core 5/6, I found this guide particularly useful. For deploying a parallel job on this cluster, we use a code that implements a standard domain decomposition approach, based on message-passing (MPI). There are more details available on our code below. For compiling, we use GCC and also IBM's XL compilers for the Cell, that are available as part of IBM's Cell SDK. These are available from IBM's alphaworks site. The MPI distribution that we are using is the recently released, OpenMPI distribution for PowerPC Linux.



http://gravity.phy.umassd.edu/ps3.html

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#2 OFFLINE   AlbertZeroK

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 02:02 PM

If this has been posted I couldn't find it - looks like the old story about Saddam Hussein buying all of those Playstation 2's has come full circle. Luckily these guys are using their powers for good - and a little physics research.


Yeah, saw this on yellow dog linux's website. But it's very custom written software.

I'm also sure it doubles as a nice heater in the winter!
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#3 OFFLINE   koji68

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 05:01 PM

Don't these people watch the Sara Connor Chronicles!
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