The Department of Defense is buying 2,200 Playstation 3's because of cost. Cheaper than purchasing what they really need.
Reported on Wednesday, SciTech Blog of CNN, the Department of Defense plans to buy 2,200 Sony Playstation 3's to take apart.
The Brand Name Justification Document reads as follows:
"With respect to cell processors, a single 1U server configured with two 3.2GHz cell processors can cost up to $8K while two Sony PS3s cost approximately $600. Though a single 3.2 GHz cell processor can deliver over 200 GFLOPS, whereas the Sony PS3 configuration delivers approximately 150 GFLOPS, the approximately tenfold cost difference per GFLOP makes the Sony PS3 the only viable technology for HPC applications. Sony is the only firm capable of manufacturing the brand of required hardware without the Government experiencing substantial duplication of cost that would not be recoverable through competition among providers of alternative technology."
The PS3 may be a more viable solution to the military problems but with the lack of money being made off of each console by Sony, the government should pay more. Considering that no games will be purchased to play on the systems.