Recently scientists discovered the power of Sony PlayStation 3.
But not to play games, but to crunch numbers.
Gravity project utilizes 8 PS 3 running Linux – connected in cluster to replace 200 Supercomputer nodes.
Overall, a single PS3 performs better than the highest-end desktops available and compares to as many as 25 nodes of an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer. And there is still tremendous scope left for extracting more performance through further optimization.
This “mini” supercomputer is used to help measure these theoretical gravity waves – ripples in space-time that travel at the speed of light that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity predicted would emerge when such an event takes place.