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Mercury Computer Systems and PNNL leverage gaming technology to develop solutions for National Security, Cyberspace, and more

June 22, 2007 Share This!

Initial benchmark data show one to two orders of magnitude improvement in computational performance for critical software applications

RICHLAND, Wash. – The same computing power used in millions of game consoles may soon help tackle computational challenges in national security, cyberspace, and bioinformatics. Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are collaborating to apply multicore technology such as Graphics Processing Units and the Cell Broadband EnginE processor to these critical applications. These technologies are currently used in game devices like the Sony PLAYSTATION 3.

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