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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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By conrad13a on 2/4/2008 7:16:34 PM , Rating: 2
After owning the pos3 for over 3 months now, I've found the folding to be it's best attribute.
Browsing the net is a slow, painful and incomplete experience.
Gaming leaves much to be desired in any shooters and the sony software that is part of the console is cut off at the knees.
Who knew a gaming console would benefit others more than yourself?
I'm glad it can play blue-ray dics - it is now just my home theater dvd player, and it collects dust just as well as it plays high def movies.

RE: folding
By mmntech on 2/4/2008 10:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
Why didn't you return it to the store then? I've never understood why anybody would buy and hang onto a $400+ item they don't like. They usually give you two weeks to return it, which is more than enough time to decide if you like it or not. Whining about it when it's too late only makes the person look more foolish.

I do a bit of folding occasionally. I don't keep my PS3 on 24/7 like some people do. I'm trying to keep my electric bill down. I ran United Devices a lot on my PC before. Collaborative projects are huge now. Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams dubbed it Wikinomics. They were talking about projects like Wikipedia but the same applies to Folding@Home. It's amazing to finally see the internet living up to its intended purpose as a powerful research tool.

RE: folding
By deeznuts on 2/5/2008 1:56:31 AM , Rating: 2
For some reason I don't believe you.

Someone who owns a Blu-Ray player calling it blue-ray, after presumably buying/renting Blu-Rays. If you wanted shooters, get a 360.

If you call something you own a POS, well what does that say about the owner? Shit stinks, I wouldn't keep it my house.

RE: folding
By AlphaVirus on 2/5/2008 12:11:21 PM , Rating: 1
For some reason I don't believe you.

He sounds like a kid trying to be on the anti-PS3 wagon just for the sake of getting attention.

Someone who owns a Blu-Ray player calling it blue-ray

Which again, proves he is a kid.

If you call something you own a POS, well what does that say about the owner? Shit -snipped-

Lol you answered your own question.

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