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PlayStation 3 recorded by Guinness for distributed computing achievement

In a move that will surely make both the research community and Sony smile, Guinness Worlds Records officially recognized the PlayStation 3 Folding@home network as the most powerful distributed computing network in the world. More than 670,000 PS3 consoles partook in the Folding@home program on September 21, making up a combined petaflop in overall computing power.

"To have Folding@home recognized by Guinness World Records as the most powerful distributed computing network ever is a reflection of the extraordinary worldwide participation by gamers and consumers around the world and for that we are very grateful," said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and Folding@home project lead.

"Without them we would not be able to make the advancements we have made in our studies of several different diseases. But it is clear that none of this would be even remotely possible without the power of PS3, it has increased our research capabilities by leaps and bounds," added Pande.

"To have PS3 play such a large role in allowing Folding@home to be honored by Guinness World Records is truly incredible," said Masayuki Chatani, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Technology Platform, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "This record is clear evidence of the power of PS3 and the contributions that it is making to the Folding@home network, and more importantly, scientific research."

The Folding@home program runs simulations in protein folding, helping scientists to understand – and hopefully curing – diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and certain forms of cancer.

Since joining Stanford University’s Folding@home program in March, the PlayStation 3 has led all processors in sheer productivity numbers.


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What about the GPUs?
By NicePants42 on 11/6/2007 2:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
From the earlier DT article regarding computing efficiency:
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According to the most recent Folding@home client statistics sorted by operating system, the PlayStation 3 leads all other platforms by a huge margin. The PS3 has 367 current TFLOPS, while the next closest is Windows with 151 TFLOPS and more than ten times more CPUs.

When it comes to pure performance though, the PS3’s Cell Broadband Processor is still no match for ATI GPUs for protein folding. The GPUs on Folding@home sit at 41 current TFLOPS, which come from only 700 processors. If there were as many GPUs folding as there are PS3s on the network, it can be extrapolated that GPUs could reach 876 TFLOPS.


Not to take anything away from the PS3 network, but it seems like there's a lot more potential power to be tapped with more GPU development. The performance of those X1800 and X1900s really begs the question of what we could be doing with all these 8800 cards we've had for the last year - all the more because getting over 700 units crunching would be cake.

Are there any DC clients available that work on the 8800 series? I'm not aware of any.




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