[Beowulf] coprocessor to do "physics calculations"

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Fri May 12 05:33:34 PDT 2006

On Wed, May 10, 2006 at 09:44:28PM -0500, Nathan Moore wrote:
> This has been done - sort of.
> (http://arrakis.ncsa.uiuc.edu/ps2/cluster.php)
>  One of the national labs built a cluster of ~70 Sony PlayStation  
> 2's a few years back and tried to do Molecular Dynamics on them - not  
> sure if it was viable successful, but Mercury seems to be trying the  
> same thing with the Cell chip.  (http://www.mc.com/cell/)
> Not sure I'd want to program for 8 cores though...

MD should scream on the Cell. Given that PS3 will ship
with GBit Ethernet (and Linux support, purportedly) it
might become quite useful as a node for some problems.

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