Thursday, July 03, 2008

IBM's PlayStation 3 Chips Help Find Deep Oil

July 1 (Bloomberg) -- Repsol, Spain's largest oil company, is using chips that IBM designed for video-game consoles to find oil in deep water as much as six times faster.

Supercomputers outfitted with IBM's PowerXCell 8i chips are helping analyze undersea rock formations in the search for untapped reserves, Madrid-based Repsol said. The chips are an updated version of a product IBM, Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. designed for the PlayStation 3 game machine.

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HT: Michael Carrado

1 Comments:

At 7/03/2008 12:52 PM, Anonymous Fred said...

Understand now why Saddam was buying up Playstations - toys to most people? Saddam (his scientists, really) wanted to build a nuclear weapons simulation computer for the atom bomb program part of his WMD efforts.

In other news, IBM has built the fastest supercomputer in the world using these chips. It is called Roadrunner. Los Alamos will use it for nuclear weapons simulation.

 

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