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UMass Dartmouth professor builds supercomputer to study black holes and cybersecurity using 176 Sony PlayStation 3 consoles

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 By Jennifer Petracca

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A UMASS Dartmouth Associate Professor, Dr. Guarav Khanna, has built an extremely low-costing supercomputer using 176 Sony PlayStation 3 gaming consoles installed in a refrigerated shipping container “reefer” of large cooling capability located right on the University’s campus.

The system’s performance is comparable to nearly 3000 processor-cores of a typical laptop or desktop computer.

The PS3 cluster is currently being used by UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Scientific Computing and Visualizing Research (CSCVR) to perform large and complex calculations related to the astrophysics of black holes and exploring cybersecurity.

Most of these research projects are funded by the National Science Foundation.

This will provide undergraduate and graduate students with new educational experiences, breaking boundaries in academics.

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