Ever imagined what would happen if a black hole were to get just a little too close to a star, or vise versa?
Dr. Gaurav Khanna did. He wanted to model the resulting gravity waves that would be produced from such an occurrence. For some time, he had been buying time on supercomputer sites at the going rate of $5,000 bucks per session.
And then Sony comes to the rescue with eight of their PS3 console gaming systems. We can see where this is going.
His "gravity grid" of PS3s has been running smoothly for about a month now, and operates at the speed of about 200 of the supercomputer nodes he had previouslly used.
"The interest in the PS3 really was for two main reasons," explains Khanna who is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. His specialty is that of computational astrophysics. "One of those is that Sony did this remarkable thing of making the PS3 an open platform, so you can in fact run Linux on it and it doesn't control what you do."
Looks like if the PS3 doesn't start selling as a console gaming system, Sony could always open up the PS3 to the supercomputing market.