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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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RE: Why not?
By Gatt on 4/13/2007 12:36:17 AM , Rating: 3
Two things.

1. We in the Medical field are no more happy about dealing with sick people than the people are about being sick. We work our butts off with impossible patient to staff ratios, sick people jump all over us for the littlest thing like they're the only one in the building. Trust me, if we could cure everyone of everything so that we'd only have to see you for emergencies/checkups/get cure, we'd do it in a heartbeat.

2. Drug companies aren't the only ones who can find cures, plenty of non-profit groups, universities, and solo-researchers working on problems that finding a cure is in their best interests.


RE: Why not?
By bob4432 on 4/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: Why not?
By Kuroyama on 4/13/2007 11:09:48 AM , Rating: 2
It depends. Some are definitely nearly fraudulent, even if technically legal (look at all the United Way scandals), but for the most part non-profit workers are not particularly well paid.


RE: Why not?
By DeltaZero on 4/13/2007 6:44:04 AM , Rating: 2
Somehow I believe you more than the conspiracy people.

Whoever finds a cure will make loads of money, not to talk about publicity. I seriously doubt that somebody wouldn't do it because 10 years later lots of OTHER people would lose their jobs. Even if that person would still want to continue working with all the money, I believe he/she would easily find employment.


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