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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 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.


"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs














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