[mythtv-users] OtherOS: Linux on PS3 with direct hardware access

James Oltman cnlibmyth at gmail.com
Fri May 6 16:10:16 UTC 2011

On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 12:05 PM, James Oltman <cnlibmyth at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM, James Oltman <cnlibmyth at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> I think the issue will still be drivers.  While they have access to the
>>> hardware, creating drivers for the GPUs will be difficult.  And without
>>> that, the PS3 is just a super fast calculator.
>> One interesting thing that could come of this is the use of the PS3 as a
>> way to do SUPER fast transcoding of video.  Perhaps even on the fly
>> transcoding of BluRay video (M2TS to something smaller).  That'd be
>> something I'd use no doubt.
> That would be epic - What would give it that capability? The raw CPU power?

That is just a theory.  But the PS3 is VERY powerful.  There's got to be a
reason the Air Force uses them in a cluster for super computing
capabilities.  But FFMPEG would have to be written for the architecture,
which as the person above states, is not a trivial task.
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