Now there is a good reason to get PS3 order approved through the university :-)

from ScienceDaily

Engineer creates first Academic Playstation 3 computing cluster

“In the computing world there is a list of the top 500 fastest
computers,” Mueller says.  Currently the fastest is BlueGene/L, a
supercomputer with more than 130,000 processors at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory. The PS3 cluster at NC State does not break into
the top 500, but Mueller estimates that with approximately 10,000 PS3
machines anyone could create the fastest computer in the world – albeit
with limited single-precision capabilities and networking constraints.

Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by North Carolina State University.

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