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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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Nice PR
By lemonadesoda on 8/24/2006 6:26:40 PM , Rating: 2
Their agency should get a rise.

PS3 is being put to MEDICAL use! Wow. That will earn a lot of brownie points. I foresee the following:

1./ Everyone in the family getting a "feel good" factor from a PS3 purchase. Maybe even Grandma will now buy one for the kids
2./ Hospitals finding that buying a PS3 for kid-ertainment is a little more agreeable now
3./ Kids having their PS3 running in their bedroom 24/7 telling the parents "but its running folding@home; I cant turn it off!" when truth be told, as soon as the door closes, ...another game
4./ Oh yes, internet connection needed. Perhaps a skinned folding@home with ads? Nice revenue stream there.

Good job SONY marketing.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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