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PlayStation 3 gives strength to Stanford's Folding@home

Since last March, the PlayStation 3 has been one of the leading contributing technologies to the Folding@home effort.

Now, less than a year since release, more than one million users have taken part in Stanford University's Folding@home project. According to Sony, this equates to roughly 3,000 PS3 users registering for Folding@home per day or 2 new registered users every minute worldwide.

"Since partnering with SCEI, we have seen our research capabilities increase by leaps and bounds through the continued participation of Folding@home users," said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and Folding@home project lead.  "Now we have over one million PS3 users registered for Folding@home, allowing us to address questions previously considered impossible to tackle computationally, with the goal of finding cures to some of the world's most life-threatening diseases.  We are grateful for the extraordinary worldwide participation by PS3 and PC users around the globe."

According to the Folding@home team, a network of roughly 10,000 PS3s can accomplish the same amount of work as a network of 100,000 PCs. It took just six months after PS3 joining Folding@home for the project to surpass a petaflops, a computing milestone that had never been reached before by a distributed computing network. On September 16, 2007, Folding@home was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's most powerful distributed computing network.

Currently PS3 users make up approximately 74 percent of the total teraflop computing power of the Folding@home project.

The Folding@home program runs simulations in protein folding and misfolding, helping scientists understand – and hopefully curing – diseases such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's and certain forms of cancer. That’s not all the PS3’s CPU is able to do for the medical community, though, as the Cell Broadband Engine is also helping doctors at Mayo Clinic with medical imaging.

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PS3 won! Sony won!
By IntelGirl on 2/4/2008 7:12:23 PM , Rating: -1
I can't believe how many ignorant Microsoft/Xbox360 fanboys are on dailytech.

You're all just jealous that the Xbox3shitty isn't helping cure cancer, and the PS3 is.

This is a good thing that Sony is doing and instead of praising them on it, you come in here, and insinuate that Sony is lying, this is better than that, blah blah blah.

In the end, the PS3 is a monster of a machine and is on it's way to making the world a better place. Maybe you Sony bashers should go do something better with your time then hate on Sony so much.

RE: PS3 won! Sony won!
By Squilliam on 2/4/2008 7:28:34 PM , Rating: 4
You can add yourself to that ignorant category.


RE: PS3 won! Sony won!
By Ringold on 2/4/2008 9:21:49 PM , Rating: 1
Intel Girl ?

Sure you're not PS3 girl?

Console partisanship for the lose.. cheap and fun (girls) for the win.

RE: PS3 won! Sony won!
By Manch on 2/4/2008 11:57:04 PM , Rating: 1
In the end, the PS3 is a monster of a machine and is on it's way to making the world a better place.

DAMN IT!!! I told those dumb shits in the U.S government to buy PS3's instead of F-22's!! They never listen!!!

For the same price they could have created the largest distributed network running WorldPeace@home ver 20.5!!

RE: PS3 won! Sony won!
By EglsFly on 2/5/2008 12:50:32 AM , Rating: 4
I see you are trolling under different accounts just to stir stuff up, just read some of your posts, its the same person:
"PS3 won! Sony Won!" or "Blu-Ray Won! Sony Won!" posted over again under different accounts. Your other posts attack other DT readers, such as:
Either you are an insane fanboy, or someone trying to stir up Sony hatred, or maybe haven't reached the age of 12 yet, not sure. Here are two of your accounts:

RE: PS3 won! Sony won!
By BansheeX on 2/5/2008 9:23:54 AM , Rating: 2
Real fanboy posts aren't usually this blatant. I smell flamebait.

RE: PS3 won! Sony won!
By AlphaVirus on 2/5/2008 12:17:13 PM , Rating: 2
I smell flamebait.

Exactly what it is.

Isnt there a way to ban a persons IP address, yes. Well how about we ban someone who creates multiple accounts just to start a bunch of mess.

RE: PS3 won! Sony won!
By FITCamaro on 2/5/08, Rating: 0
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