if anyone here is a member of the ieee and receives their magazine, you already know this. ieee did a comparison of the original 2006 version sony playstation 3 to the sandia lab's asci red supercomputer which was finished in 1997. here are the results.
peak performance: supercopmuter 1.8 teraflops, ps3 1.8 teraflops
physical size: supercomputer 150 square meters, ps3 .08 square meters
power consumption: supercomputer 800,000 watts, ps3 < 200 watts
thats some pretty phenomenal stuff to accomplish in just 9 years.
EDIT: for those of you who dont know what a teraflop is, its one trillion floating point operations per second
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