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Linux on the Playstation 3

Anyone here with experience?

12:11 am on Dec 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Although most people will think of gaming when they read the word playstation, the PS3 version can be used for more things than only that. The Cell processor in the console is so powerful in parallel mode, that the computing power of the Folding@Home project (a distributed computing project of Stanford University) is mainly delivered by PS3 systems in their idle mode. (See http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=osstats [fah-web.stanford.edu])

From the beginning, Sony has actively supported the use of Linux on the PS3 (although Linux access to the videoprocessor is restricted by their firmware) and I am currently in a situation where the combination of everydays Linux and the parallel capabilities of the processor can be very handy.

Has anyone here experience with running Linux on the PS3? Any figures of processor speed for normal (non-parallel) software or the achievable throughput over the gigabit network outlet?