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Message 38181 - Posted: 23 Mar 2007, 20:48:32 UTC

Given that the PS3 already runs Linux (see http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=70611 for example), what chance of compiling the boinc & rosetta code for that platform?

Why wait for Sony to offer?

What am I missing, it seems such an obvious idea there must be some reason its not already been done?

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Message 38198 - Posted: 24 Mar 2007, 0:08:36 UTC - in response to Message 38181.  
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In very simple terms:

the problem with the ps3 is that linux can only access one cpu, that runs at the speed of a slow pentium apparently. The speed of the ps3 lies in the combination of its 8 cores, to which linux doesn't have any access. So there seem to be 2 problems: a) Getting access to all cores b) write an application that works on parallel on all 8 cores.
What can be done has been proven by folding@home, who increased their crunching power tremendously. Have a look at the other PS3 thread by Paydirt entitled: "PS3 preliminary crunching numbers".


Given that the PS3 already runs Linux (see http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=70611 for example), what chance of compiling the boinc & rosetta code for that platform?

Why wait for Sony to offer?

What am I missing, it seems such an obvious idea there must be some reason its not already been done?

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Message 38210 - Posted: 24 Mar 2007, 6:22:46 UTC - in response to Message 38198.  

B-roy is correct, simply installing Linux on the PS3 and then running F@H or BOINC does not use the system well and performs at 1/10th or so of its power.
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