Cell powers fastest ever computer.

ARMONK, N.Y. – A supercomputer built with components originally designed for video games will soon be monitoring the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

IBM says it built the machine _ nicknamed “Roadrunner” _ for the Energy Department’s Los Alamos Lab. Executives at IBM touted it Monday as the fastest ever, capable of processing more than one thousand trillion calculations per second.

That’s twice as fast as IBM’s “Blue Gene” system, currently ranked number one on an industry list of the world’s most powerful computers.

The $133 million Roadrunner is composed of off-the-shelf components, including almost 7,000 dual-core Advanced Micro Devices Opteron processors and almost 13,000 Cell processors jointly designed by IBM and Sony originally for use Playstation video-game consoles.

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The PS3 Laptop

Engaget.com wrote a interesting article about, what I first thought a useless thing, a portable new generation gaming system. But you know what? this is pretty awesome

Rewind back to late 2006. The PS3 was launching alongside the Wii and geeky editors like ourselves were having a field day. We’d already managed to convince our good pal Ben Heck to build another Xbox 360 laptop and the Wii Laptop, so it was only a matter of time before we started brainstorming on how the hell we could possibly fit a PS3 into a “portable” enclosure. That’s the part where Ben stepped up his game and worked his magic — on and off for almost a year and a half — to build… the PS3 Laptop!

The essential specs:

  • Original backwards compatible 60GB model
  • 17-inch LCD HDTV screen: 720p
  • HDMI-DVI connection (same as last Xbox 360 laptop)
  • Built-in keyboard, USB ports, stereo speakers, headphone jack
  • Size: 17 x 13.75 x 3-inches
  • Weight: 16 pounds!

You want this one of a kind piece of kit for your very own, PlayStation fanboys? You got it. We’re auctioning this thing for charity real soon, so watch out for details (we’ll also have some video of the PS3 Laptop in action on the site tomorrow). And, naturally, big ups to our pal Ben Heck for the long hours and love he put into this thing. The man is truly a hero of ours, so be sure to hit up his site to check out his other projects, as well as the other instructional stuff he’s done here on Engadget.

Source: http://www.engaged.com