Today’s news roundup sees the US military experimenting with a super computer made up of 2,000 Playstation 3s. If there happens to be any GT fans who are still awake, Sony has announced another vague release date for Gran Turismo 5. Lastly, saying it would never be enough to sell world wide, Satoru Iwata rejects the Wii HD.
U.S. Air Force Building Supercomputer From 2,000 PlayStation 3s
There was something of a panic back in December 2000 when a shipment of 4,000 Playstation 2s were accidently exported from the US to Iraq. It was feared by some that Saddam Hussein might try to adapt some of the Playstation 2’s internal components for use in missiles, or else combine the whole lot into some kind of mad doomsday device. The issue as to whether or not Playstation technology could be utilized for military purposes has, for quite sometime, been something of an urban legend.
However, according to Stars and Stripes, the US military is in the process of creating a supercomputer which combines 2,000 Playstation 3 consoles. It has been named the 500 TeraFLOPS Heterogeneous Cluster and it’s hoped that the system will be used to process radar images and ‘mimic the human minds ability to recognise pictures’. Minimal power consumption, low price-to-performance ratio and the ease with which Playstation 3’s can be hooked up together apparently made them ideal for the job. [1UP]
Gran Turismo 5 "this fall" - Sony Europe
It’s been in development for five years and apparently cost around $60 million, and still Sony can only give the vaguest release date for Gran Turismo 5. James Armstrong, who runs Sony Computer Entertainment Europe over in Portugal, recently told a Spanish website that he expects GT 5 to be out ‘this fall’ before Christmas. But before you make a note in your diary, it’s worth bearing in mind that Armstrong was also the one who maintained that GT5 would be out in late 2009. [Eurogamer]
Nintendo's Iwata dismisses Wii HD
When talking about future Nintendo consoles, Satoru Iwata said he'd never mentioned a possible Wii HD, adding - slightly taken aback - ‘"If asked if making the Wii compatible with high definition - just making it compatible with high resolution - will get players throughout the world to buy it, I would of course say, 'Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new,'". Iwata confirmed that Nintendo are looking into the incorporation of some exiting new features but added, ‘for competitive reasons, I cannot give specifics today on the what or when of the things we're considering." [CGButterfly]