The PlayStation 3 has popped up again in a non-gaming role, this time - using the power of the Cell processor and the mighty Yellow Dog Linux - the PS3 has been turned into a media asset management server by a company called Helios.
According to the company, "The reasons for porting Helios to the PS3 are more than simply showing off programming skills of the Helios team. It is of course more usual to have the enterprise software running on much more expensive platforms, such as IBM blade servers or Apple Xserves. But the PS3 is capable of lighter duties, and will be used by the Helios sales team to demonstrate the software to customers. With fully loaded servers running into multiple thousands of pounds, a compact demonstration server for under £500 makes perfect sense.
"The Helios bundle included on the disc image will run for four hours at a time, allowing users to see what Helios can do. Software bundled would cost over £10,000, and getting it to run on a £425 gaming platform is quite a feat. "
Helios managing director, Dr John Yardley said: "It might seem like a crazy idea, but pound for pound the PS3 offers amazing power. I expect plenty of Linux enthusiasts will find good uses for the installation, which includes powerful tools like EtherShare and WebShare. Getting Helios running on the platform is akin to cramming a Spitfire engine into a Mini!"
Get the installer here