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Update will also make changes to the trophies section

Sony announced that it would tomorrow launch a new system software update (Version 4.30) for the PlayStation 3 that will include many changes to the Trophies section on the PS3.

One of the changes that gamers who own a PS3, and a PlayStation Vita portable console appreciate is that you now get the ability to view trophies earned playing Vita games on the PS3. Sony has also announced that the new system update will end all services available through the “Life with PlayStation” application.

Existing users who have the “Life with PlayStation” application will see their services ended in November. Along with terminating the “Life with PlayStation” application also comes an end to Sony's participation in Stanford University's Folding@home initiative. Folding@home was a project that allowed participants to donate unused processing time on the PS3 to the University project studying protein folding, misfolding, and certain other diseases such as cancer.

Folding@home came to the PS3 in 2007 and more than 15 million users choice participated in the program to date. There were just a million PS3 users Folding@home back in February of 2008.
Sony says the PS3 users donated more than 100 million computational hours to the project and greatly contributed to disease research.

Vijay Pande, lead researcher at Stanford University for Folding@home said, "The PS3 system was a game changer for Folding@home, as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs.”


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Blame it on the RAM
By quiksilvr on 10/22/2012 10:03:20 AM , Rating: 2
The biggest reason why Folding@Home wasn't as widespread as it should have been was because of the serious RAM limitations on the PS3. You can't multi-task worth a damn on it and you couldn't just have 10% of the power running Folding @Home while 90% of it ran a game, or a browser, or Netflix, or anything.

I really do hope the PS4 will have a decent amount of RAM(at least 4GB) so I don't have to close my browser just to hop onto Amazon Instant Video.

RE: Blame it on the RAM
By Guspaz on 10/22/2012 12:19:54 PM , Rating: 2
Folding@Home on the PS3 only ever ran as a dedicated process (although it shared resources with the rest of Life with Playstation later, IIRC).

Neither the PS3 nor GPUs ever made all that much of an impact on Folding@Home in terms of compute power (CPUs did and still do dominate the stats), but it was nice to be able to contribute. I believe there were also some classes of problems that ran significantly more efficiently on a DSP-style processor like the PS3 has, so its contribution may have been more significant than that.

In any event, Folding@Home seems dead as a project, since their homepage just returns "page not found", so ending PS3 support would not seem to be a problem...

RE: Blame it on the RAM
By Guspaz on 10/22/2012 12:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
Replying to my own comment to mention that I was mis-reading the graphs. I was looking at the "total number of processors", not the "flops" graph, so the GPU and PS3 were actually contributing far more than I implied. GPUs were 76% of x86 FLOPS, despite how few of them there were relative to CPUs.

RE: Blame it on the RAM
By Ringold on 10/22/2012 2:55:12 PM , Rating: 3
Thats why I got discouraged with F@H; why spend all that power with my CPUs when one kid with a slightly more modern GPU would render my output almost moot, and downright wasteful in terms of science per watt?

Only exception for CPU-based F@H activity are people with the server-class boards with 2 or 4 Opterons or Xeons, but thats way beyond the investment I'd be willing to make when I have no other use for such a rig.

RE: Blame it on the RAM
By Mortando on 10/22/2012 12:32:05 PM , Rating: 2
In any event, Folding@Home seems dead as a project, since their homepage just returns "page not found" ?

Loads fine for me.

RE: Blame it on the RAM
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/22/2012 1:21:26 PM , Rating: 2 comes up to "page not found"

RE: Blame it on the RAM
By MaulBall789 on 10/22/2012 3:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
Seems you have your browser's redirects turned off or otherwise blocked. I checked your link and it came right up.

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