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PlayStation 3 helps Folding@home with further disease research

Aside from powering some of this holiday season’s most impressive games and providing playback of high-definition movies, the Cell Broadband Engine is also exceptionally adept at medical and scientific applications requiring massive amounts of floating-point computational power.
Since joining Stanford University’s Folding@home program in March, the PlayStation 3 has led all processors in sheer productivity numbers. It should come as no surprise that Sony announced this week that PlayStation 3 consoles all over the world have helped the Folding@home project to reach a petaflop, a milestone never before reached on a distributed computing network.
"The recent inclusion of PS3 as part of the Folding@home program has afforded our research group with computing power that goes far beyond what we initially hoped," said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and Folding@home project lead. "Thanks to PS3, we are now essentially able to fast-forward several aspects of our research by a decade, which will greatly help us make more discoveries and advancements in our studies of several different diseases."
"When we introduced PS3, we knew its incredible processing power would allow for a great deal of innovation and creativity," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA. "It's extremely rewarding to see that the scientific community has found a way to harness PS3 technology for humanitarian purposes and we continue to be amazed at what gamers and the Folding@home community have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time."
The Folding@home program runs simulations in protein folding, helping scientists understand – and hopefully curing – diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and certain forms of cancer. That’s not all the PS3’s CPU is able to do for the medical community, though, as the Cell Broadband Engine is also helping doctors at Mayo Clinic with medical imaging.

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Folding@Home - Thumbs Down
By afkrotch on 9/22/2007 12:47:17 AM , Rating: 1
I use to do Folding@home on three of my computers and even my PS3. I gave all that up, when I decided to see what Folding@home as done.

Absolutely nothing, was the overall conclusion. It allowed some professors to write some papers, that haven't been used to benefit human society on any fronts.

RE: Folding@Home - Thumbs Down
By mars777 on 9/22/2007 1:17:54 AM , Rating: 3
You obviously don't know how [non-computer] science works...

100 years of those papers and 50 years of people analyzing them will probably show some benefit :)

RE: Folding@Home - Thumbs Down
By alancabler on 9/23/2007 2:53:29 PM , Rating: 3
You don't see any value in basic research?
Your attitude is puzzling.
Proteins are the basic building blocks of life, and science has a surprisingly minimal understanding of them. The more we know about proteins, the better off we all will be.

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