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?
4/13/2007 6:44:04 AM
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.
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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