PS3s solve big problem at a fraction of the cost: A UMass astrophysicist claims he wasn't goofing off when he started chaining PS3s together -- he was looking for a way to cut his supercomputer rental time. To discover how much radiation is emitted when a black hole swallows a star, Gaurav Khanna had been spending up to US$30,000 a year in grant money. Then he discovered that "for $4,000 or so, I can get eight PS3s that can do the same task that I'd do on a supercomputer. For a one-time cost, I have this resource I can use privately. I can use it indefinitely over and over again. I have my own supercomputer right here. There's no elaborate process for getting time. There's no waiting. It's just mine." Mwahahahaha!
Faster than a speeding bullet: "Goofing off" pays off