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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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sony's so called "gaming" console
By phatboye on 4/12/2007 8:12:28 PM , Rating: 3
Instead of spending development money and time on creating distributed computing projects why not actually develop some games for this overpriced console.

Seems like this $600 box can do everything under the sun except play games. I could care less about Blu-ray, folding@home, or media center usage. This is supposed to be a gaming machine.




By mars777 on 4/13/2007 6:22:21 AM , Rating: 2
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Seems like this $600 box can do everything under the sun except play games. I could care less about Blu-ray, folding@home, or media center usage. This is supposed to be a gaming machine.


Why ?
I say that it is meant to be a media center pc / HD player merged with console capabilities.
And for that it is the best piece of hardware on earth (and the cheapest too).


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