Thursday, October 18, 2007
Supercomputing Child's Play
NOTE: Sony just dropped the price $100.00, so now the PS3 is $500 for the high end model.
Labels: augmenting children Moore's Law
Your post reminds me that the unintended possibilities of DIY computing may be nasty.
I hope these DIY supercomputers (or IBM Blues etc) are not successsfully modified by the Iranians to model nuclear explosions. It could make the nuclear development job all the more easy.
Why DIY, when Khan or the North Koreans might sell you the designs for a fraction of the costs? Alternatively, you could see if the Chinese might have stolen US designs you could use, or employ a Russian programmer to custom design a trojan and selectively spam US and European military addresses and see what you could glean that way. But yeah, at some point you'll need a couple of physicists and engineers to assemble the thing if you've acquired the weapons grade material. They'll need to do some computations to make sure their designs work. Keep in mind though that they built the first nukes by hand using slide rules, paper and pencil in 1944. A lot of it will come down to timing and geometry once you have the fissile material.
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