Console made useful

Every console has its share of problems.

Nintendo‘s Wii is the luckiest of them all with their major problem being not able to deliver new hardware fast enough while Microsoft‘s Xbox 360 has good sales of hardware which doesn’t live long enough to tell the tale.

Sony‘s PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a mixed bag of both (lack of hardware and Blu-Ray drive problems) and in addition to that, it even lacks game titles making full use of its power. Given the PlayStation 3 is not overheating like Xbox 360 does, its platform is open and thus more developer-friendly and its unique processors are excellent for solving scientific problems, it comes to no surprise that the PlayStation 3 has been discovered as a great module for a mainframe.

Astrophysicist (a person that studies the physics of stellar phenomena) Dr. Gaurav Khanna has developed a PlayStation 3 Gravity Grid – a cluster of eight interlinked PS3s busy solving a celestial mystery involving gravitational waves and what happens when a super-massive black hole, about a million times the mass of our own sun, swallows up a star.

Get all technical details here: PS3 Gravity Grid


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