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Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
Running Linux On The PlayStation3
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Running Linux On The PlayStation3

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This is a presentation I gave to our local Linux Users Group a while ago on how to run Linux on the Sony PlayStation3. Unfortunately Sony has removed this feature in the latest iteration of their …

This is a presentation I gave to our local Linux Users Group a while ago on how to run Linux on the Sony PlayStation3. Unfortunately Sony has removed this feature in the latest iteration of their console (the Slim PS3); however the feature is still present (for now at least) on older (non-slim) PlayStation3's, which are still pretty easy to find in used shops, eBay, etc.

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  • 1. PlayStation 3 • Released November 2006 • Successor to the highly popular PlayStation 2 • Arguably one of the most powerful Gen.7 gaming consoles on the market • Sales as of 1/08: 3.25M (USA), 10.49M (worldwide)
  • 2. PS3 Hardware • CPU: Cell Broadband Engine (IBM POWER-based) @ 3.2 GHz, 7 SPE cores (6 user-accessible) • Graphics: NVIDIA G70 (NV47)-based “RSX” engine, 550 MHz. • RAM: 256 MB main, 256 MB graphics
  • 3. More hardware • Disk: 20-80 GB (3.5” SATA) • Optical disk: BD-ROM (BluRay); can also read DVD/DVD+/-R/CD. • Bluetooth 2.0 • 802.11b/g WiFi (not all models) • USB 2.0 (2-4 ports) • HDMI, component, composite video
  • 4. Performance • Total floating point: 2 TFLOPS • CPU only: 204 GFLOPS single precision float, 15 GFLOPS double precision float
  • 5. Standards Based! • HD is standard SATA, easily user upgradable • Bluetooth 2.0 - headsets, keyboards/mice • USB 2.0 - webcams, keyboards/mice
  • 6. Linux on the PS3 • “It was fully intended that you, a PS3 owner, could play games, watch movies, view photos, listen to music, and run a full- featured Linux operating system that transforms your PS3 into a home computer." • Was to be pre-installed with Linux
  • 7. Linux on the PS3 • Officially supported as of kernel 2.6.21 • Yellow Dog 5.0 - official PS3 distro • PSUbuntu • Fedora • others...
  • 8. What You’ll Need • PS3 (duh) • TV or monitor (HDMI, DVI work. For HDMI/DVI, must support HDCP.) • USB memory stick • Linux distro burned to CD • Optional: larger USB stick or hard drive (if you want to back up your PS3)
  • 9. How to install Linux • (Optional) Back up your PS3 • Partition it (dual boot or single boot) • (Optional) Restore your PS3 backup • Boot from USB stick containing OTHEROS.BLD file • Install Linux as per your distro’s installer
  • 10. It’s Demo Time!
  • 11. So why would you want to do this?
  • 12. A supercomputer in your living room
  • 13. or... a superCLUSTER in your living room!!!
  • 14. Who’s using these? • Astrophysicist Dr. Gaurav Khanna replaced time used on supercomputers with a cluster of eight PlayStation 3s. • http://tinyurl.com/28wv44
  • 15. Who’s using these? • Computational Biochemistry and Biophysics lab, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, “PS3GRID” for collaborative computing based on the CellMD software, the first one designed specifically for the Cell processor. • http://www.ps3grid.net/
  • 16. Folding@Home • Distributed Computing to calculate protein folding • Over 1 PFLOPS from PS3 owners alone • Compare that to BlueGene/L @ 280.6 TFLOPS • Takes my PS3 about 3 hours Takes my desktop over 1 day
  • 17. PS3 Homebrew • Make your own games • Access to (almost) all PS3 hardware • Networking • Controllers • Audio • Graphics (sorta)
  • 18. Caveats • No access to graphics • Everything runs in a hypervisor • There is experimental graphics access; don’t upgrade past firmware 2.10
  • 19. LINKS
  • 20. For More Information • Wikipedia has great entries on: • PlayStation 3 • PlayStation 3 hardware • Cell (microprocessor) • RSX ‘Reality Synthesizer’ • Linux for PlayStation 3
  • 21. PS3 Linux Distributions • http://psubuntu.com/ • http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/products • Fedora Core 5 on PS3: http://tinyurl.com/yknkfp
  • 22. Programming the Cell • Georgia Tech workshop (with slides and video): http://tinyurl.com/2wkllf • More links on Cell and PS3 Linux entries at Wikipedia • http://tinyurl.com/23auvg • http://tinyurl.com/qvn4h
  • 23. The End

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