Wednesday, August 02, 2006

PlayStation 3 Packs A Punch For Scientists.

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley Lab in California praised the processor inside Sony's PlayStation 3 as a lower-cost alternative to Opteron and Itanium chips, while being eight times faster and at least eight times more power-efficient. The scientists have been evaluating the game console's chip, STI Cell, developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM (the STI in STI Cell) running several scientific-application kernels against other processor architectures. "Overall results demonstrate the tremendous potential of the Cell architecture for scientific computations in terms of both raw performance and power efficiency," say the LBL scientists who conducted the research. "We also concllude that Cell's heterogeneous multicore implementation is inherently better suited to the [high-performance computing] environment than homogenous commodity multicore processors". According to an LBL article about the study, the Cell is compelling to the scientific community which has high-compute needs but often with limited funds, because the intended game market for the STI Cell means it will be produced at high volume, making it a lower-cost alternative to conventional processors from AMD and Intel.

7 Comments:

Blogger gg said...

Wow, finally, Sony has a console that can actually fire a nuclear missile after all these years of testing. Is there a North Korean-Sony allegiance around the corner. Stay tuned...

8/02/2006 03:02:00 AM  
Blogger PS3 Fan said...

Ha ha,thats not what its meaning.

8/02/2006 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger SUPRAMAN84 said...

Well you show me when Dell and Apple decide to put Cells into their computers. If it's that good, then what's stopping them?

8/02/2006 04:25:00 PM  
Blogger PS3 Fan said...

Dell is so overrated.Apples Mac are cool but too pricey.This cell card is not meant for u or I hence the $8000.Meant for graphics workstations,scientists etc.

8/02/2006 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger PS3 Fan said...

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8/02/2006 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger SUPRAMAN84 said...

Ok you post an article when people throw out their old workstations and put "Cellstations" in their place.

8/02/2006 07:51:00 PM  
Blogger gg said...

In latest developments, Kim Jong Ill and Ken Kutaragi have had their DNA tested and the results are in...twin brothers split at birth.

Finally, the world makes sense. Sony and North Korea are planning a world-wide invasion thru nuclear threats and the Sony PS3.

Expect both the PS3 and the North Korean missile to be launched officially November 17th.

More breaking news as it happens...

8/02/2006 11:26:00 PM  

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