USAF creates a cluster made up of 1760 Sony PlayStation 3. Defense Department engineers and scientists claim that they have developed the biggest, fastest interactive computer.
The supercomputer is nicknamed the Condor Cluster, will allow very fast analysis of large high-resolution imagery – billions of pixels a minute, taking what used to take several hours down to mere seconds. Its sophisticated algorithms also will allow scientists to better identify objects flying in space, where movement and distance create blurring, with higher-quality images than possible before. Its capacity makes the PlayStation 3 cluster about the 33rd largest computer in the world.
Condor will be housed in upstate New York at a center that is part of the Dayton, Ohio-based Air Force Research Laboratory network, other service branches and centers can access it.