More Than Just a Toy

That game machine console packs some serious punch. The current generation of game machines are not only cheap, but powerful.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have assembled 70 PlayStation 2 devices into a cluster at a cost of about $50,000. For that relatively small cost, they have built a supercomputer capable of a half trillion operations per second. Sony has released a special Linux module which includes a network connection and a hard drive.


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