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June 26, 2011 // 5:52 pm - Today Cellminer: Bitcoin Miner for the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture (CBEA) was made available via Github for Sony's PS3 entertainment system.

For those curious, this was developed on a PlayStation 3 using Debian GNU / Linux 6.0.1.

Download: Cellminer Auto Installer / GIT

From the ReadMe:


Debian Packages [aptitude install ...]

• make
• gcc
• binutils-spu
• ruby1.9.1-dev
• libspe2-dev
- gcc-spu
- binutils
- ruby1.9.1
- libspe2-2

(packages marked - should be included automatically as dependencies of packages marked •)

Ruby Gems [gem1.9.1 install ...]

• net-http-persistent


In order to make use of your SPEs under Linux, you must have spufs mounted on /spu. For example:

# mount -t spufs spufs /spu

Or equivalently, ensure /etc/fstab contains a line similar to the following:

spufs /spu spufs defaults 0 0


$ make


$ ./cellminer --help

RPC username and password will default to those found in ~/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf.

Cellminer: Bitcoin Miner for Cell Broadband Engine Architecture

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#21 - Natepig - June 28, 2011 // 10:08 am
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I'm from the U.K. and this is not the case here. All top brands are widely available in all parts of the U.K. and you can get anything you want even in isolated rural communities via internet/royal mail.

#20 - xrayglasses - June 28, 2011 // 9:42 am
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If you live in Europe there is a guarantee of $40+ USD s&h on anything not domestic.. this is why you're forced to buy brands like phillips and pentax there, cause they pay off politicians and lawyers to get cuts on importing. Don't believe me? look at any store outside of tourist areas in any European country it's *almost* all phillips, pentax and a couple other brands.

You're literally bruting data for seedy do I know... ummm.. cause that is what you're doing when you're generating keys for generic crypto ciphers and doing plain-text searches on the data after rounds... which is identical to what this does..

#19 - daveshooter - June 27, 2011 // 11:03 pm
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Interesting thought, but it isn't remunerate for data-mining. If your PS3 which beeps a few times and immediately ran off, is on 3.41 you can easily repair it with an PS Jailbreak dongle and factory mode - It does the same.

The one that beeps five times gives me no idea what firmware is on it to know where to start . Am I understanding you right and thats a 3.41 fault? I have tried a number of unbricking ways using a downgrader and many firmwares and jail-breaking tricks with now joy. The only thing I have not tried is the battery trick with the fore pins shorted which worked on another 3.41 box funny enough with another fault.

so now I have lost interest due to having others doing what I need, but I may just try one thing, before I call it a day with the five beeper.

I did think of stripping them down and using the cooling system for a 19" rack mounted aluminum hard drive cooling plate for a server, but I hopefully will go with SS drives instead now. I do keep the caddy's tho for easy harddrive swapping.

The cases would be good if your pimping your ps3, and wish to change cases back. Just a thought.

#18 - SuperSaiyen - June 27, 2011 // 7:35 pm
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I normally would've had my hand up for these for tinkering and learning with, but shipping from the U.K to U.S would be prohibitively high for me. Nice offering for someone nearby i'm sure..

#17 - oVERSoLDiER - June 27, 2011 // 7:15 pm
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Interesting thought, but it isn't remunerate for data-mining. If your PS3 which beeps a few times and immediately ran off, is on 3.41 you can easily repair it with an PS Jailbreak dongle and factory mode - It does the same.

#16 - daveshooter - June 27, 2011 // 6:07 pm
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I have 8 Ps3's that I was looking to link together as a PPC, I need to replace the router as it has only 4 x 1gbit ports.

I have fore Internet connections running on a windows pc using win-gate to connect them together and was wondering if it could work with a Linux box and shire the modems the same way. Then it would be advantageous to look deeper in to renting out mine and Flops
Truthfully it would be a wast to have more than 4 ps3's connected just to leave running, I may just use the other 4 on gt5 multi screen.

PS I am giving away some ps3's

I have too many of them and don't have the time or the need for them.
1 stuck on 2.42
1 beeps 5 times and powers off.
3 ylod.

Agree there not working, but you can use them as repair/ replace units, unlike myself being on 1st name terms with them now.

So who wants the four?

#15 - oVERSoLDiER - June 27, 2011 // 2:11 pm
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No not really, I don't know where you looked that up. It was an algorithm from an Japanese/Asia guy back in 2009. And the founder of Bitcoin's are anonymous - that's right. We don't know why we are doing this, but we get rewarded in an dynamical/complex system. It can be true, that the hashes we brute-force, are used for the FBI for some terrorism/hacking crap.

You can't know/learn everything about Bitcoin's in a few hours, xrayglasses. It takes it's time, but it's an interesting, secure, anonymous, currency, with a lot of potential.

Ah and yes, there aren't unlimited available - so there is no inflation !

#14 - xrayglasses - June 27, 2011 // 1:57 pm
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Just an update, after the last comment I did some digging, this has nothing to do with simulations, it looks like seedy companies are leasing time for bruting stolen data..

#13 - oVERSoLDiER - June 27, 2011 // 12:09 pm
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No, you just download a few kb/s, some encrypted stuff you don't see what it is and your PPC/PS3/GPU decrypt it, and if you find "something useful" you get an share, which is written in your wallet.dat/mining pool CP.

Your ISP won't do any trouble, it's legal and the traffic is in the kilobyte zone. I think you can do it with a 56k modem. The official site is , but the client on that side, in my opinion - and every others, is crap.

What GPU you have and are you interested in mining ?

#12 - daveshooter - June 27, 2011 // 11:48 am
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I knew of something like this years ago, but never thought it still was about, and you could make money with it.

I should think tho if its connected all the time to your network and PPC/PS3, would your ISP think your seeding and Cap you like they do in the UK, and if so what sort of internet speeds do we need to get involved with this, if one was intrested?