Sony to Offer PlayStation 3 Supercomputing Grid
April 12, 2007 2:06 PM
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After the success of the non-profit Folding@home project, Sony is interested in leasing out computing power to companies willing to pay
Sony is interested in offering discounts and other incentives to have PlayStation 3 owners create a type of supercomputer grid that can be utilized by businesses. A number of companies -- especially those working in the medical and pharmaceutical industries -- are interested in harnessing the power from PS3s instead of paying outright for a supercomputer. Sony would likely have to pay users to keep the PS3 running all the time for the benefit of paying businesses.
Sony is unsure how many PS3 owners will be interested in having someone
utilize the computer power of their PS3
. Sony spokespeople said the plan is still in the research stage, so types of incentives and which companies are interested have not been announced. Discounts on products, free downloads, exclusive content, and points are all possible incentives PS3 owners might receive.
The PlayStation 3 is the main choice for supercomputing since Sony's next-generation console has so much processing power, courtesy of the IBM Cell processor. A newtork of 10,000 PS3s has the power equivalent to 200,000 home PCs, Sony claims.
published last month
that showed PlayStation 3 game consoles would be able to participate in Stanford University's Folding@ home program -- a popular distributed computing project that uses the processing power for biomedical research.
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RE: Why not?
4/12/2007 5:29:22 PM
I would never donate any processing power (and therefore money) to a profit-oriented project. There are enough non-profit projects out there, that will make their findings publicly available (and in the end, somebody will still make money with it,
but not by having a monopoly on a cure
) and if Sony kicks F@H to the curb because they rather make a fast buck with my unit/power, I'd just turn it off.
Its not like the pharma industry cares about you or me. They want our money - and thats ok, but I say: go and earn it, but not with my help and then turn around and sell it back to me because theres no alternative like there would be if the research becomes public domain.
Matter of principles.
RE: Why not?
4/13/2007 11:08:18 AM
When academic research projects make a discovery they usually patent it, then either license it or start up their own company. For instance, Yale made over $100,000,000 on an anti-AIDS drug that was discovered there. Unless the F@H folks have specifically said that any discoveries they make will not be patented (have they?) then don't fool yourself into thinking
academic research = no monopoly or no profit
"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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