8 PS3's vs. 200 Supercomputers

That beautiful shiny black piece of machinery sitting in your room can do much more than give us the best gaming experience to date. What better time to show off those other skills than at this pivotal lag time where a plethora of games are still awaiting its existence? Welcome to the realm of science and research, an area of which I am no stranger to.

A researcher is working to solve a celestial mystery involving gravitational waves and what happens when a super-massive black hole, about a million times the mass of our own sun, swallows up a star. He has replaced his 200 node supercomputers with a gravity grid made up of 8 interlinked PS3s to help measure these theoretical gravity waves.

The PS3's open platform attribute opens up infinite possibilities, on of which gives this researcher enough computational power of hundreds of supercomputers. PS3 owners already know the awesome heat behind the console's cell processor, so it was only a matter of time before the PS3 found a nice place in research. It seems that "Folding@home" was just the beginning of an untouched realm.

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