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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.  

Reports were 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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Cell is good but is IBMs creation...
By teainthesahara on 4/12/2007 6:48:23 PM , Rating: 3
As I said earlier Sony have to remember that Cell is IBM's baby.Not(demoted by Howard Stringer)Kuturagi san's.They prance around like it is a Japanese invention.You dont see Toshiba strutting around saying look at us we have access to Cell technology for our HDTV'S and HD-DVD players.According to Wikipedia:-

"The Cell was designed over a period of four years, using enhanced versions of the design tools for the POWER4 processor. Over 400 engineers from the three companies worked together in Austin, with critical support from eleven of IBM's design centers."

This was pretty much an IBM venture with the arrogant Kuturagi as a mouthpiece.Note the "critical support form IBM's centres" I personally like IBM PowerPC architecture especially on the Xbox 360.This is no Japanese processor.Its actually American by and large....So I actually believe in the power of this processor although I wouldnt buy a PS3 with its inferior RSX graphics chip for love nor money.And let us not talk about the awful bandwidth of the PS3...That was definetely Japanese designed!!! ;)

By Chaser on 4/13/2007 8:15:19 AM , Rating: 2
although I wouldnt buy a PS3 with its inferior RSX graphics chip for love nor money.And let us not talk about the awful bandwidth of the PS3...

Inferior for what exactly? HD Gaming or Blue Ray movie viewing?

The PS3 is a very powerful system for what it was designed to do.

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