スミス英会話 TOEIC レッスンLesson 48 – A PS3 Supercomputer

This is a TOEIC Part 3 Type Listening Lesson (パート3:短い会話理解).  The topic of this one was the U.S. Air Force’s Condor Supercomputer which was made up on over 1,700 Sony PlayStation 3s.  Listen to the conversation and questions.  Then choose the answers and scroll down the page to see the video script, questions and answers.  The correct answers are shown in green. Good Luck!

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ビデオを再生すると映像に関する会話が英語で流れます。最後に、会話の内容に関する質問が流れます。質問に答えられるよう、頑張って聞き取って下さい!
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Listen to the following conversation. Then choose the correct answers to the 3 or 4 questions at the end of the lesson. Then scroll down to check the correct answers on the page below the video player. Good Luck!

中文: 听下面的对话,选择正确的回答,每章有三到四个问题。然后在视频播放器下面查看正确答案。祝你好运!

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TOEIC  Lesson 48 (A PS3 Supercomputer) VIDEO Script, Questions and Answers:

Script:

Al: Hey John.  Did you see where the U.S. Air Force has created a supercomputer by stringing together 1,760 PlayStation 3s?

John: Your’e Joking Al? That’s the craziest idea I’ve ever heard!  And it just proves what I’ve been saying about the government, and in this case, the military, wasting money on so many hair-brained ideas!

Al: Well, actually no.  They said they saved a bundle by using PS3s.  It seems that a normal supercomputer built by the military is made up of hundreds of energy-hungry computers each costing upwards of $10,000.  Using PS3s which use much less energy and cost only a few hundred dollars each has actually saved money!

John: That’s surprising Al!. But what do they use it for?  War games? Keeping track of Julian Assange?

Al: Well, that’s probably classified information but they said they use it to analyze and manipulate large images which have missing parts due to inclement weather and such.  It actually makes educated guesses and fills in the gaps.

John: So how big is this machine?  It must be a behemoth, being made up of seventeen hundred and sixty PS3s!

Al: Actually it is the largest interactive supercomputer the U.S. Department of Defense has.  I bet Sony never thought its PS3s would be used this way.

John: Who knows?  Maybe the U.S. Government subsidized its development!

Al: No! Do you think so? That’s spooky!

Questions:

1. What did Al tell John the U.S. Air Force had done?

a)  He said they’d used a supercomputer to string together PS3s.

b)  He said they’d made a supercomputer using PS3s.

c)   He said they’d used 1,760 computers to make a PS3.

d)  He said they’d found that a PS3 could string together a supercomputer.

2. What did John say about the Air Force’s supercomputer?

a)  He said that Al was the craziest person he had ever heard of to read about such nonsense.

b)  He said that Al’s PS3 idea was the craziest one he’d ever heard of.

c)   He said the PS3 was expensive and it was hair-brained to use a supercomputer to make it.

d)  He said that the government had wasted a bundle of money on such a hair-brained idea.

3. How did Al respond to John’s question about how the Air Force uses the supercomputer?

a)  He said they use it to create classified information and images for Julian Assange.

b)  He said they use it to manipulate their planes in the battlefield during war games.

c)   He said they use it to analyze and manipulate images to make educated guesses about unclear parts of them.

d)  He said that they use them for war games and battle simulations.

Answers: 1. b 2.  d 3. c

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