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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: *applause*
By Dactyl on 4/25/2007 11:00:28 PM , Rating: 4
Like Sony actually care about diseases etc.
Welcome to our capitalist economy.

If everyone had to care before a disease got cured, we would still have smallpox and polio hanging around.

Here's a little Adam Smith for ya:
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest
What does it mean? It means Sony doesn't have to care about making the world a better place in order for Sony to actually make the world a better place.

Be a good citizen, work hard at your job, don't rape people or go on shooting rampages, and the world will be a better place. Approximately 5-6 billion people have figured this out (it's pretty intuitive, really: be productive and don't be a dick).

The only people who don't get it are Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong-Il, and whiny latte-sipping capitalism-hating high school students in America who have better lives than not just 97% of everyone alive, but 99.9% of everyone who has ever lived. Why do you have time to post on DailyTech? Shouldn't you be working in a coal mine or something? The party demands it!

RE: *applause*
By bubbacub616 on 4/26/2007 1:31:45 AM , Rating: 2
did he say something explicitly commie to make you go on a 'god bless america, etc.' rant?

RE: *applause*
By BZDTemp on 4/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: *applause*
By Ringold on 4/27/2007 1:03:50 PM , Rating: 2
Congratulations for showing you have no idea what he was refering to in the least.

RE: *applause*
By TheGreek on 5/1/2007 10:10:27 AM , Rating: 2
Hugo Chavez sent a tanker full of gasoline to Katrina victims. Bush sent Brownie.

So who really has a clue here?

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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