Turn a PS3 into a SuperComputer!

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Turn a PS3 into a SuperComputer!

PostPosted by verdilak » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:06 am

Step 1: Setup/Prerequisites

You will need a PlayStation3 console, a working Internet connection, and a PC to burn disc images. You will also need One(1) blank DVD-R, One(1) blank CD-R, and finally a USB mem stick/thumb-drive.

Step 1a - Download Fedora Core DVD ISO image for PPC, and burn the Fedora Core ISO image to DVD. Fedora Core 8 will do (Note that Fedora 9 or 10 may be ok, just not tested with this set of steps.):

* Fedora 8 (Find a local mirror), (US link)
* Note: For older versions of Fedora you will also need to get the Cell specific kernel AddOn Packages iso here.

Step 1b - Download custom boot image. This was small so we put it on our site here:

* USB Mem Stick Boot Image http://www.ps3cluster.org/distros/PS3.zip
* Unzip the file. This folder called "PS3" should contain the subfolder 'otheros' and the file 'TRANS.TBL'.
* Place this folder on any empty USB thumb drive/memory stick.

Step 1c (Optional) - Get a USB Keyboard (We use a Logitech, but you can search online for others). Note that this is purely optional because (as you will see later) if ssh is correctly configured it will enable remote access/admin to all machines in the cluster.

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Re: Turn a PS3 into a SuperComputer!

PostPosted by Zamion » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:56 am

yeah the tripple processors in that box are pretty much the shit for certine types of processing...to bad the machines not cheaper or it would be worth buying for them.
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