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PNNL Using PS3 for Research

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Believe it or not, technology on your Playstation is being used to help develop new national security devices.

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using the same technology used in the new Playstation 3 to develop new video tools for national security.

The research is being done on this small supercomputer, believe it or not it has about one-quarter the computing power of the lab's 8,000 square foot supercomputer.

Researchers hope to develop new ways to manage things like security video and facial recognition technology without a human administrator.

"It places a tremendous burden on the operator of those control environments that are looking at all those video feeds coming in and not knowing how to process all that information and this is an opportunity to bring machine based processing into the video analysis environment," said lab researcher Mark Goodwin.

PNNL is working on the research with Massachusetts based Mercury Computer Systems.