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January 15, 2011, 03:47:48 PM
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With the recent crack of the PlayStation 3's DRM, it's only a matter of time before botnet code emerges to take advantage of the console's sweet GPU for distributed bitcoin mining.

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January 15, 2011, 04:15:34 PM
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http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2715.0

we are discussing it lol

I like the idea that someone could whack a bitcoin miner on a usb and you could plug it into your ps3 when you want to mine...
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January 15, 2011, 04:37:34 PM
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It has a 550 MHz Nvidia "Reality Synthesizer" GPU.  If experience from the mining community is any guide, it's probably vastly inferior to current and previous generation ATI GPUs for integer hashing operations.  On the other hand, if there are legions of 12-to-25-year-old gamers living at home and more than willing to burn their parents' electricity, it could strengthen the network considerably.

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January 15, 2011, 04:53:16 PM
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It has a 550 MHz Nvidia "Reality Synthesizer" GPU.  If experience from the mining community is any guide, it's probably vastly inferior to current and previous generation ATI GPUs for integer hashing operations.  On the other hand, if there are legions of 12-to-25-year-old gamers living at home and more than willing to burn their parents' electricity, it could strengthen the network considerably.

thats the idea - It would be attached to a distributed or co operative mining server. My ps3 is on all day as it is our entertainment hub. So performing bitcoin mining wouldnt add much more cost in fact it would be using the wasted electricity from when its idle.
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January 15, 2011, 05:40:20 PM
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It has a 550 MHz Nvidia "Reality Synthesizer" GPU.  If experience from the mining community is any guide, it's probably vastly inferior to current and previous generation ATI GPUs for integer hashing operations.  On the other hand, if there are legions of 12-to-25-year-old gamers living at home and more than willing to burn their parents' electricity, it could strengthen the network considerably.

Willing? Hell, I was thinking of millions of virus-infected zombie machines...

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January 16, 2011, 07:34:33 PM
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With the recent crack of the PlayStation 3's DRM, it's only a matter of time before botnet code emerges to take advantage of the console's sweet GPU for distributed bitcoin mining.

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As was already said, current ATI cards will be totally superior over any console.
It's almost 3 Tflops after all... No console today can offer this computational power. And the price/power ratio is extremely good (for ATI) as well.

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January 16, 2011, 08:18:45 PM
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The PS3 GPU isn't very powerful, but what about the Cell processor ? I believe you can use OpenCL programs on it, and it's very good for some applications.

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January 24, 2011, 12:55:15 PM
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I don't have access to a PS3 myself so can't tamper with it, but I'd also be way more interested in seeing what the Cell/BBE could do than a ancient nvidia card. Probably not enough to work as a miner, but I'd like to see how it compares to newer x86 cores. Might be fair hashes/watt ratio?
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January 24, 2011, 04:05:41 PM
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Quick estimate for Cell:
7 SPE SIMDs + PPE AltiVec, each doing 4*32-bit ops/cycle.
PS3 cell is clocked @ 3.2GHz.
bitcoinhash is ~6350 cycles without native rotate.
8 * 4 * 3.2G / 6350 -> about 16M hash/s.
About on par with a hexcore K10.

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January 24, 2011, 07:11:04 PM
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Quick estimate for Cell:
7 SPE SIMDs + PPE AltiVec, each doing 4*32-bit ops/cycle.
PS3 cell is clocked @ 3.2GHz.
bitcoinhash is ~6350 cycles without native rotate.
8 * 4 * 3.2G / 6350 -> about 16M hash/s.
About on par with a hexcore K10.
I get slightly over 17Mhash/s per socket from AMD Opteron 6128s, 8x2GHz. So that sounds pretty fair. TDP? ~50W?
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