182w ago - The United States Air Force will soon be placing an order with Sony for 2,200 PlayStation 3 consoles... and they're not even going to play games on them.
Instead, the consoles will be headed to the USAF Research Laboratory's information directorate in Rome, New York, where they'll be combined with 336 consoles the lab already own to form a "cluster" of Cell chips.
This cluster will then be put to work grinding out better ways to process high-res radar images, video footage, as well as research on "neuromorphic computing."
To quote: "The Air Force will use the system to "to determine the best fit for implementation of various applications," including commercial and internally developed software specific to the PS3's Cell Broadband Engine processor architecture.
The research will help the Air Force decide where Cell Broadband Engine processor-derived hardware and software could be used in military systems.
The Air Force has used the cluster to test a method of processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and "neuromorphic computing," or building computers with brain-like properties."
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Nope nope nope ... you all got it wrong. The USAF will not be playing games, running fancy operating system testing or anything as obvious like that ..... methinks ..... I think they will have 2200 unmanned airial vehicles (UAV's) - then they will check out your trophy collections and select the 2200 best "aces" in HAWX.
These selected few will be employed by the USAF to bomb small countries through PSN or perhaps a more secure multi "player" system. So if you want to go and bomb a small unassuming country who hides their only nuke in a bunker in some forsaken desert, you better start sharpening your arial combat skills and earn some trophies!
It doesn't mention any specifics about how many of what type of PS3. For all we know they could have a few dev machines in there. The Air Force does have quite a few programmers. If they wrote their own software, like regular developers, they could take advantage of the whole system. That wouldn't be completely out of the realm of reason here.