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Folding@Home, with HDR visualizations!

Future PS3 owners rejoice as Folding@Home will be available for the PS3 console. The Cure@PS3 project puts the PS3’s Cell processor to good use by folding proteins which is somewhat in line of Sony’s overconfidence of the PS3 rendering the PC useless. Folding@Home performance from the Cell processor is expected around 100 gigaflops per PS3 console and top out one petaflop with 10,000 PS3’s.

In addition to the 100 gigaflop protein folding capabilities, Cure@PS3 will have enhanced visualization features. The enhanced visualization capabilities will take advantage of HDR and ISO surface rendering features of the NVIDIA RSX graphics processor. Molecules can also be navigated in real time using the PS3’s motion sensitive controller allowing users to view the proteins from different angles.

With the PS3’s high price pushing away developers, PS3 owners will have something to put all those unused processor cycles to use.

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The last paragraph of the article..
By ViperROhb34 on 8/24/2006 2:45:04 AM , Rating: 2
.. really sarcastically and truthfully says it all.. the target market Sony "Hopes" will buy PS3 don't care much about this .. there may be many legitimate users of this function.. maybe a few thousand scientist.. but college students and engineers I'm sure will stick to their pc won't exactly be calling this a must have ..

RE: The last paragraph of the article..
By ronster on 8/24/2006 2:53:36 AM , Rating: 2
..and given the fact that new consoles seem to have cooling a bit 'on the edge' then would you be happy leaving one on 24/7 anyway?

By MonkeyPaw on 8/24/2006 7:29:49 AM , Rating: 2
Don't you need a PC to stream anything? I mean, how else are you going to get the content onto the PS3? You can hook an iPod or a digital camera up to a 360, or you can pop in a CD and rip the music to the HD. How will PS3 be vastly different? The connectivity to the PC is a bonus, as you don't have to have a PC to enjoy the 360. Having a PC simply gives you more functions. It's not like most people don't already have a PC running Windows XP anyway.

By feelingshorter on 8/24/2006 11:29:09 AM , Rating: 2
I would never leave my computer on 24/7. Whos going to pay for the electric bill and for a broken hard drive?

RE: The last paragraph of the article..
By whymeintrouble on 8/24/06, Rating: 0
By DigitalFreak on 8/24/2006 8:36:25 AM , Rating: 1
I agree with point one, but on point 2, STFU.

By Fenixgoon on 8/24/2006 9:42:02 AM , Rating: 2
do you use folding@home on your computer, whmeintrouble?

also, is the 100gigaflops theoretical or actual processing speeds? i mean, we all know the PS3 is supposed to equal something like 140opterons in terms of CPU power (1 teraflop each ;)

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