Games consoles reveal the supercomputer within


By Mike Nagle WHEN Todd Martínez broke his son’s Sony PlayStation he didn’t realise this would change the course of his career as a theoretical chemist. Having dutifully bought a PlayStation 2 as a replacement, he was browsing through the games console’s technical specification when he realised it might have another use. “I noticed that the architecture looked a lot like high-performance supercomputers I had seen before,” he says. “That’s when I thought about getting one for myself.” Six years on and Martínez has persuaded the supercomputing centre at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,
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