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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 Dactyl on 4/13/2007 4:01:13 AM , Rating: 2
You spend money to help big companies make more money.

No, you spent the money to buy the PS3, to play games and watch movies. And you get that.

And if you want, you can sell your unused CPU cycles to big, eeevil companies that are working on new technologies and more advanced medicine. Horrors.

Anyway, Sony isn't doing this for the money. Sony is doing this because it brings credibility to their console. They get to say: "see, it's a real supercomputer, unlike the 360." That sells consoles.


RE: Why not?
By damncrackmonkey on 4/14/2007 3:38:40 AM , Rating: 2
No, you spent the money to buy the PS3, to play games and watch movies. And you get that.

No, you spend money on electricity to run the CPU for these projects when you're not using the PS3.

Anyway, Sony isn't doing this for the money.

Do you work for Sony? If you don't, I can't really see how you could even make this claim.


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