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US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-who-knows-a-good-ps3-flight-sim dept.
bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

Comment: Re:ACP was used at Western Bancorp (Score 1) 102

by anon92122 (#29153847) Attached to: ACP, One of the Oldest Open Source Apps

When was there a 370/195 at WBDPC?

I was there from the beginning (when we were still working out of cubicles in IBM's LAX building) and my recollection is that for the first 3 years the biggest CPU that TIPS (Teller Item Processing System) ran on was an 370/147 with 4MB of memory (the 370/147 did about 1.5 MIP on a good day and was slightly faster and cheaper than the 370/145 we traded up from when we moved into the new data center).

Robotics

Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide To Ethics 317

Posted by kdawson
from the some-distance-yet-to-the-three-laws dept.
thinker sends in an MSNBC report on the development of ethical guidelines for battlefield robots. The article notes that such robots won't go autonomous for a while yet, and that the guidelines are being drawn up for relatively uncomplicated situations — such as a war zone from which all non-combatents have already fled, so that anybody who shoots at you is a legitimate target. "Smart missiles, rolling robots, and flying drones currently controlled by humans, are being used on the battlefield more every day. But what happens when humans are taken out of the loop, and robots are left to make decisions, like who to kill or what to bomb, on their own? Ronald Arkin, a professor of computer science at Georgia Tech, is in the first stages of developing an 'ethical governor,' a package of software and hardware that tells robots when and what to fire. His book on the subject, Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots, comes out this month."

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