PS3 Gaining Recognition Outside Gaming
According to a recent article at itbusinessedge.com, the PS3 may have other goals and achievements in its future. We already saw just how successful it can be in other capacities (Stanford University's Folding@Home project, for example), but apparently, it's not going to end there.
The PS3, which sports a 64-bit Cell processor running at 3.2 GHz, is on a similar level with the G5 PowerMac, which is damn powerful for a gaming system. And after Stanford's endeavor with the console, certain companies are taking a look at the PS3 to see what it can do. One such company is Helios, a German company who just released a PS3 version of Linux powerful enough to run the Helios UB enterprise server. Before they accomplished this, that job had to be handled by the IBM Blade Server and Xserve.
So what else is Sony's system going to do? Where else is it going to go? The University of Tennessee's Innovative Computing Laboratory is currently running a four-system cluster that ultimately offers 600 gigaflops at a cost of around $2,400. It almost seems as if the possibilities are limitless at this point, and unlike previous gaming consoles, the PS3's horizon has multiple colors. We're all excited to see where the system pops up next.
5/31/2007 Ben Dutka