Pet a Flop!

The US government is blowing $35 million on the world’s largest gaming console. Sounds like some civil servants have way too much time on their hands.

IBM is going to build a petaflop-capable supercomputer (just trust me, that’s friggin’ fast) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory using “cell” processors, the same used in Sony’s upcoming Playstation 3.

The final machine will cover 1100 square metres of ground and be hooked up to a 25-foot widescreen HD display for the ultimate gaming experience. (Okay, I made that last part up.) Actually, it will be used as part of an effort to end underground nuclear testing in the US by simulating such activities.

Oh, I suppose we can forgo the ultimate gaming experience for such lofty goals. Still, maybe one run in Need for Speed? C’mon, please?