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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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RE: Huh? Completely ficticious post?
By jmke on 2/5/2008 7:42:40 AM , Rating: 2
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Perhaps they didn't feel like helping people and would rather pwn some noobs on Warhawk?


maybe people use their PS3 for gaming and when they stop gaming they turn the machine off... to save power. When running F@H the PS3 consumes more than 200W continuously, do you also leave all the lights in your house on 24/7?

Of course not, you turn OFF your lights when you leave it, as you should turn OFF your PS3 when you stop using it. You're wasting tons of resources and losing money keeping F@H running.


RE: Huh? Completely ficticious post?
By cochy on 2/5/2008 9:22:28 AM , Rating: 2
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You're wasting tons of resources and losing money keeping F@H running.


That depends on your definition of waste. Some people, myself included would like to contribute and donate some power to F@H. When not gaming my PS3 is folding.


RE: Huh? Completely ficticious post?
By jmke on 2/5/2008 10:44:43 AM , Rating: 1
what? I can't hear you very well, because that fan in the 60GB PS3 is too loud :(

and we're not talking about a dollar/euro or two you'd be wasting, rather closer to €$1000/year...


RE: Huh? Completely ficticious post?
By masher2 (blog) on 2/5/2008 11:10:07 AM , Rating: 2
$1000 a year? No. Assuming 10c/KW-h, it'd cost you about $175 to leave a PS3 running full-tilt 24x7. Assuming you're using it 20% for other that's a surcharge of $140 for folding.


RE: Huh? Completely ficticious post?
By BZDTemp on 2/5/2008 4:53:32 PM , Rating: 2
We pay aprox. 33c/KWh so the numbers add up differently here.

To give and idea I live in a 1 bedroom apartment roughly 800 sqf and my electric bill is about $1600 a year and that covers heating, hot water and all my toys. Fortunately the place is well isolated so I use little power on heat and in fact most of the time my Stereo and IT stuff supply enough heat (which is then wasted in the summer).


By masher2 (blog) on 2/5/2008 10:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
You must live outside the US then. The most expensive state for retail electricity is Hawaii, and even that runs in the 22-24 c/kW-h range. Some states are as low as 7c.


By AlphaVirus on 2/5/2008 11:53:50 AM , Rating: 2
I think you were reading your moms car note, not the elctric bill.

And stop opening your parents mail.


By cochy on 2/5/2008 1:02:29 PM , Rating: 2
lol are you joking?

Anyway lucky for me I live in Quebec where Hydro power is abundant and inexpensive. It might cost $2 a month for me to run 24/7

PS. The PS3 is one of the quietest consoles I've ever had. I can't hear it over the TV, as opposed to the jet engine of the 360 that my step brother owns (unsure what hardware revision).


By BZDTemp on 2/5/2008 4:42:45 PM , Rating: 2
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Of course not, you turn OFF your lights when you leave it, as you should turn OFF your PS3 when you stop using it. You're wasting tons of resources and losing money keeping F@H running.


Well - the main question here is if helping the scientist find a cure for diseases is a waste? I can think of much worse ways to spend energy - say how about not using the dryer to dry you clothes but hang it outside to dry instead for starters (It's better for most the clothes too).

Also for me my heating is electric so if I heat my home with electric radiators or a PS3 running 24/7 makes no difference. Except the PS3 will most likely not outlive the radiator so if I have to replace it some day there is the cost of making the thing. However most likely when the PS3 is done chances are I will be done with as well having moved on to a PS4 or something.


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