U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

May 13, 2010 -

The United States Air Force bought 336 PlayStation 3 consoles in 2009 as an initial purchase to create a 53 teraFlop cluster for processing data. Impressed with the power of Sony's home console system, the Air Force decided to buy another 2200 consoles. The whole project cost the Air Force (and by proxy the U.S. tax payers) $663,000.

These PS3 systems were configured with the "Other OS" feature, allowing the Air Force to use Linux to do whatever heavy lifting the project needed, but Sony's recent firmware update that removed that option may prove to be problematic for this work in the future.

"We will have to continue to use the systems we already have in hand," said an Air Force rep speaking with Ars Technica. "This will make it difficult to replace systems that break or fail. The refurbished PS3s also have the problem that when they come back from Sony, they have the firmware (gameOS) and it will not allow Other OS, which seems wrong. We are aware of class-action lawsuits against Sony for taking away this option on systems that used to have it."

While the Air Force made no further comment on the Class Action Lawsuit, it would probably fair to say that it hopes Sony will not prevail and it won't have to worry about the infamous firmware update removing the features it needs to continue its work..

Source: Ars Technica


Comments

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

"Oh man, sorry about your car, Kaz.  If only our smart bombs had had just a few more brain Cells to rub together, they wouldn't have been so far off target..."

 

;)

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

Um.... yeah I would bet that the Air Force falls under a whole different sales department, a sales department that will make sure the systems that are sold to the Air Force will work for the Air Force.  Typical company sales structure, not sure why everyone is like "oh noes the air force!"

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

There was no contract, they just bought them.

using PS3s was immensely cheaper than building computers from any of the contracted sources.  those guys saved the taxpayers something to the tune of $1-2 Million.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

On one hand its sucks that replacing the ps3 will be difficult if one of them broke down since the other os feature was remove. On the other hand the Air Force should have used real supercomputers and not gaming consoles.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

Note: The cell processor, was developed for the Army, for the Roadrunner machine (impressive machine, actually).

Sony, just "jumped in" and helped develop it even further.

The Air Force, decided to design their own super-computer using PS3, like NASA do (NASA buy off-the-shelf computers and make clusters too, some people claim that the "Beowulf" cluster is NASA invention, to the point that I saw many people calling it "NASA-style" cluster). Clusters, are a cheap way to make supercomputer, they are the same, PS3 actually, work better as cluster cell, than as gaming console (because its low, but extremely fast ram for example...)

 

So, a supercomputer built with PS3, IS a real computer, it is not a toy, not a bunch of gaming consoles. And it is easier to program than Roadrunner too... (Roadrunner is hell fast, but it is annoying to use, because it mixes Cell processors with Xeon, and they have diffrent architecture and way to work, and need to interact to reach full calculation speed... Roadrunner is like a gigantic Sega Saturn...)

 

 

Actually, it is Sony that should have made a real console, instead of a supercomputer part that is hell expensive... (altough, I DO like PS3... I am dieing to get my hands in one... And do all sorts of experiments and gaming on it...)

 

criadordejogos.wordpress.com

--- MaurĂ­cio Gomes twitter.com/agfgames

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

These things are also popular for Clustering algorithms for dna sequences.

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

They were likely trying to save some money.

 

If a fairly inexpensive device can do what a more expensive device can do, most would go or the less expensive device.

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

That's exactly what they were doing.  IIRC, they stated that it would require a $2000 investment per computer to get a system built for them that can do what they need, as compared to a $600 per-unit PS3, which already had the ability, with the Other OS function.

---

With the first link, the chain is forged.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

Hehe, and Sony said no one uses that feature?

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

I think Sony was refering to ther general public not private and goverment agencies. we Over here we have a cluster of 30 PS3s here on College. I'm sure the Air Force can get PS3s with that feature straight from Sony.

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

No, no, no.  The Air Force already has those PS3's, and the firmware update removed the vital (for them) Other OS function, making their purchase of over $600,000 a complete waste, since they can no longer do what they needed them to do.

---

With the first link, the chain is forged.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

I don't think that's what's being said jedi.  It reads like, "We have the PS3s and will continue to use them, but when we need to replace any, we're screwed."  I'd suspect they can get Sony to sell them PS3s with the old firmware though.

===============

Chris Kimberley

===============

Chris Kimberley

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

I'd LOVE to get a look at tha purchase contract Sony signed with the Air Force. At the time they probably weren't contemplating removing the "Other OS" function. There could be serious breach of contract issues depending on the language.

Re: U.S. Air Force Comments on PS3 'Other Os' Removal

I hope sony has to dish out repalcements for them......I doubt they will put it back...


Until lobbying is a hanging offense I choose anarchy! CP/IP laws should not effect the daily life of common people! http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

---

http://zippydsm.deviantart.com/

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Whose next half decade of superhero films are you most looking forward to?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Neo_DrKefkaAnyone remember that portrait from Resident Evil 1 in the gallery about a Middle Aged man full of worries? Anyone know the name of that portrait?10/31/2014 - 12:45am
MechaTama31Yeah, don't see myself getting a Vita or a PSTV...10/31/2014 - 12:04am
E. Zachary KnightWatch Ultron ruin all your Disney childhood memories in this How The Ultron Teaser Should Have Ended. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra1sBRLRFtc10/30/2014 - 9:23pm
ZippyDSMleeConster:they finally made a working worth while PSP emulator.10/30/2014 - 8:10pm
quiknkoldMechatama31, you can get VC2 on the Vita and Vita TV. you have to buy it through PSN on PS3 and transfer it to vita and then playstation tv. I have it on my PS TV and it works10/30/2014 - 7:15pm
MechaTama31I loved Valkyria Chronicles. Still super cheesed off that the sequels were PSP-only... :/10/30/2014 - 6:57pm
ConsterI played Steamworld Dig on the 3DS, and it's pretty fun.10/30/2014 - 6:51pm
Matthew WilsonRECOMMENDED: OS: Windows 7 Processor: Intel Core2 Duo @ 2.8GHz (or equivalent) Memory: 3 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 (or equivalent) Hard Drive: 25 GB available space10/30/2014 - 5:49pm
Matthew Wilsonhere hare the system requirements. make of ithem what you will. MINIMUM: OS: Windows Vista/Windows 7 Processor: Intel Core2 Duo @ 2.0GHz (or equivalent) Memory: 2 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240 (or equivalent) Hard Drive: 25 GB available spa10/30/2014 - 5:48pm
Andrew EisenStill a game I really want to play. Hope it's a solid port.10/30/2014 - 5:42pm
Matthew WilsonValkyria Chronicles pc port needs 25ggb. not bad exept this game came out in 08 on the ps3.10/30/2014 - 4:56pm
james_fudgeEZK: my sarcasm senses are tingling ;)10/30/2014 - 4:21pm
Andrew EisenIf it's any consolation, Xbox owners, Wii U owners don't get the game at all. And if we did, we'd probably never get the DLC.10/30/2014 - 4:19pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://kotaku.com/destinys-new-dlc-kinda-screws-over-xbox-players-1652294153 Sucks when the shoe's on the other foot, huh.10/30/2014 - 4:12pm
E. Zachary KnightSo a vocational school in Oklahoma is being evacuated because someone found a briefcase in the bathroom. Imagine that. A briefcase ina school. That's unpossible.10/30/2014 - 3:33pm
prh99Also, Nintendo wants to watch you sleep..for Science! (*in best Cave Johnson voice) http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/10/nintendo-wants-to-watch-you-sleep-for-science/10/30/2014 - 2:47pm
prh99I got it in a Humble Bundle, it's ok but the hype is definitely over blown. Also, only being able dig in the four cardinal directions made for some irksome digging..10/30/2014 - 2:38pm
E. Zachary KnightI enjoyed it. It was very short, but rewarding and fun.10/30/2014 - 2:35pm
Andrew EisenAgainst my better judgement (game looks boring to me), I purchased Steamworld Dig. It's highly praised and it was on sale. Hopefully I'll be wrong about it and think it's as awesome as everyone else.10/30/2014 - 2:09pm
quiknkoldhttp://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/10/femme-doms-of-videogames-bayonetta-doesnt-care-if.html10/30/2014 - 1:15pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician