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