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Old 12-18-2008, 03:18 PM
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UMass Dartmouth Physics Professor Gaurav Khanna and UMass Dartmouth Principal Investigator Chris Poulin have created a step-by-step guide to building a home-brewed supercomputer that can reduce the cost of university and general computing research.

Found at , the resource fully illustrates how to create a fully functioning and high performance supercomputer with the Sony Playstation 3.

Last year, Khanna’s construction of a small supercomputer using eight Sony-donated Playstation 3 gaming consoles made headlines nationwide in the scientific community. On the consoles, he is solving complex equations designed to predict the properties of gravitational waves generated by the black holes located at the center of the galaxies.

“Science budgets have been significantly dropping over the last decade,” Khanna said. “Here’s a way that people can do science projects less expensively. This new web site will show people how to move forward.”

Typically, scientists rent supercomputer time by the hour. A single simulation can cost more than 5,000 hours at $1 per hour on the National Science Foundation’s TeraGrid computing infrastructure. “For the same cost, you can build your own supercomputer and it works just as well if not better,” Khanna said. “Plus, you can use it over and over again, indefinitely.” The cost for his initial Playstation grid was $4,000.

The guide is freely available to the public under an open source license.

The Cluster Workshop project is partially funded by the National Science Foundation and was first announced and demonstrated at the 2nd Annual Georgia Tech, Sony/Toshiba/IBM Workshop on Software and Applications for the Cell/B.E. Processor.

“This opens up a huge door to partnerships with industry and other universities,” said Khanna, noting that the UMass Dartmouth College of Engineering has an interest and focus in simulation sciences. Tyco Electronics (through the UMass Dartmouth Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River), Sony, Terra Soft Solutions and IBM are among the companies already involved with this effort. The scientists are seeking input from industry members and researchers to determine future project direction.

“We hope to continue to bring supercomputing to a broader audience by providing tools that simplify the use of these systems,” said Poulin, who specializes in distributed pattern recognition and artificial intelligence.
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:48 AM
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Anyone willing to lend me the money i wanna build one
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:58 AM
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Reminds of rumors of Saddam building a military supercomputer with 4000 PS2s.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:08 PM
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Too bad it won't be able to bitstream HD audio...
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:46 AM
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Sounds like the TERK!
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:45 PM
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I go to UMass Dartmouth. It's pretty cool that something like this is landing big time in the news. Makes me want to re-enroll in engineering so I can get my hands on this.
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:23 AM
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Looks like this will be useful to the white coats.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:48 PM
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It definitely sounds interesting.

Still a drawback from the PS2. Launching rockets (PS2) VS Gravitational Science (PS3)? Hmm.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Da Man View Post
Reminds of rumors of Saddam building a military supercomputer with 4000 PS2s.
Haha! Indeed!

This story reminds me of Bill Gates' comment about engineers deciding to be game developers instead of going into something that could help our world. We're in need of more of those engineers.

I like games too, but man, it's getting sad!
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