Sony announces a new version of the Folding@Home application for the Sony PS3.
The updated Folding@Home client software features an improvement in folding calculation speeds, increased visibility of user location on the globe and the ability for users to create longer donor or team names. “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.”
There are 250,000 unique PS3 users that have registered to the program in one month. PS3 users are delivering nearly 400 teraflops, achieving a total computing power of over 700 teraflops at a single moment. This is more than double the computing capacity of the network before PS3 joined the program.
The Folding@Home project turns out to be great for Sony in multiple ways. It helps mankind, shows how powerful the CELL is and gives the PS3 something todo, as the games do not challenge the CELL yet.
Via this Sony press-release.
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