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PlayStation 3 cure-finding machine to get update

Sony Computer Entertainment was proud to let it be known that great progress has been made in the one month since PlayStation 3 became part of Stanford University's Folding@home program, a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, misfolding and related diseases.

"The PS3 turnout has been amazing, greatly exceeding our expectations and allowing us to push our work dramatically forward," said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and Folding@home program lead. "Thanks to PS3, we have performed simulations in the first few weeks that would normally take us more than a year to calculate. We are now gearing up for new simulations that will continue our current studies of Alzheimer's and other diseases."

The PS3’s inherent skill at protein folding is largely due to its Cell Broadband Engine, which is amongst the fastest in the network and is bested only by the fastest GPUs. According to Sony, more than 250,000 unique PS3 users have registered to the program in just one month. PS3 users are delivering nearly 400 teraflops, representing more than half the computing capacity of the network's 700 teraflops at a single moment.

"We continue to be thrilled with the ongoing contributions of the PS3 user community in helping the Folding@home program study the causes of many different diseases that afflict our society," said Masayuki Chatani, Corporate Executive and CTO Computer, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "As we move forward, we are issuing a call to action for all PS3 owners around the world to download the Folding@home application and help this cause. These PS3 fans can also be part of history as the Folding@home distributed computing program inches closer to achieving a petaflop - a measure of computing power that has never before been reached."

In related PS3 Folding@home news, tomorrow will see the release of an application update that will further enhance program by improving in folding calculation speeds, increasing visibility of user location on the globe and giving the ability for users to create longer donor or team names. PS3 users can download the new update version 1.1 by restarting the Folding@home application.

Earlier this month, IBM and Mayo Clinic announced that they have successfully adapted and tested the Cell Broadband Engine for use in medical imaging.

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RE: Can Sony count?
By Goty on 4/25/2007 4:44:06 PM , Rating: 5
That means that 250,000 PS3s with unique user IDs have completed at least 1 work unit.

RE: Can Sony count?
By BladeVenom on 4/25/2007 8:14:48 PM , Rating: 1
And some Sony fans complain that they only run negative stories. Most consumer probably don't even care, but they still run the stories about the PS3 being the best F@H console on the market. There's literally no competition.

RE: Can Sony count?
By PlasmaBomb on 4/25/2007 8:46:17 PM , Rating: 4
Whilst I am happy that the cell processors are helping the Pande Group at Stanford, I am unhappy about the factual inaccuracies of the report. According to EOC's excellent FAH stats the first recorded work units are from way back on the 8th Feb 2007 (which is a bit over a month!). There are not 250,000 users running FAH on a PS3, the word nearly wasn't there originally (IIRC). The stats have been falling off and I don't think Sony's motives are as pure as they imply.
PB (folding as the same)

RE: Can Sony count?
By Carl B on 4/26/2007 9:17:41 AM , Rating: 4

Who even cares what the motives are; at the worst end of the spectrum the motive would be positive PR, and what's so insidious about that?

Whatever your consternation about the reporting on the subject, right now PS3 is the largest contributor, and supplies half the aggregate power - two facts I'm sure you'll acknowledge.

Why can't Sony simply be given a 'kudos' on something now and then without the string of qualifiers and conspiracy theories?

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