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The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York picked up 336 PS3 systems in 2009 and built itself a 53 teraFLOP processing cluster. Once completed as a proof of concept, Air Force researchers then scaled up by a factor of six and went in search of 2,200 more consoles(later scaled back to 1,700). The $663,000 contract was awarded on January 6, 2010, to a small company called Fixstars that could provide 1,700 160GB PS3 systems to the government.

When Sony issued a recent PlayStation 3 updater emoving the device’s ability to install alternate operating systems like Linux, it did so to protect copyrighted content—but several research projects such as this one suffered collateral damage.

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From my limited experience with the PS3, I believe you have the option to deny the “upgrades”. Why the air force would bother installing the upgrades on a perfectly functional cluster is beyond my comprehension.  You’d think the press that Sony gets from major projects such as this, they would at least tip the USAF off and tell them to avoid upgrading because of the ill effects it would bring to their cluster.

1700 PS3 systems is a lot!  I wonder if the USAF will be auctioning those off now for cheap?  :P

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what would this make you?

From Gunbroker:
This is the Centerpiece of the Museum Collection we are liquidating! This beautiful bird started life as a U.S.A.F. B-38B practice nuclear weapon (the drop model, used for target practice, NOT the lightweight “loading practice” model), the twin of the live B-61, which is still in use, carried by B-1B’s, B-2’s, F-15’s, & the F-16. After MANY hours of professional restoration ( including a $3,000 aircraft paint job ), this 11 foot long, 900 pound thing of beauty cannot be told from the “real deal”, except by an expert! Includes new data plate, Original packed parachute (cost Uncle Sam $230,000!), bomb cart, 30″x60″ display card, describing the B-61, several D.O.E. tapes showing use, printed material, a simulated “physics package”,and an unfinished “arming box” and cable. This is the ONLY ONE of it’s kind outside of the U.S.A.F. Museum. Because of laws passed under the Clinton Administration, no others will EVER be available. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime chance, to own a One-Of-A-Kind item! Buyer must be U.S. Citizen. Must either pick-up in person, or pay for personal delivery. Will answer all questions.

$22,000 plus delivery charges.

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CostOfASoldier

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The costs on this chart obviously aren’t adjusted for inflation.  Interesting though nevertheless.

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