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Turning the Playstation 3 into a supercomputer

The PS3 was (as we all know) released recently in Europe, but our guest speaker from IBM has had the tough challenge to play with it a month before it came out...

During the show a “fresh” PS3 will be taken out of a box and demonstrated running a few games and a BluRay DVD, but the real strength in the machine is really the Cell BE processor, which is a new innovative way of building CPU’s. In fact, if you had the Playstation 3 in 2002, you would be the owner of one of the fastest computer installations in the world!

To leverage on this technology, Yellow Dog Linux is installed LIVE on the stage to enable it to be connected to a research grid at University of Copenhagen.

During the installation, the technology behind the Cell BE is described beginning with the issues that are challenging the current x86 technology. The presentation will also include results from one of the first universities in Europe which has been using the CELL BE technology for research purposes.

About the speaker

Jasper K. Juhl is a part of IBM’s Nordic High Performance Computing team, which is the vendor of the fastest computer installations in the Nordic. Prior to IBM, Jasper founded the Game Development Camp in Denmark and has two master degrees, one in Computer Science from Aalborg University, and on in Management from University of Bath.

The talk is tonight at 21.00 in the auditorium.

oyvind - 05 April, 2007 15:59

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