Folding@Home; the Cure@PS3 Project

5 09 2006

Folding@Home is software that does molecular simulation.  It utilizes the unused computing power of thousands of home users to run these simulations.  Now there’s something new:

Now in 2006, we are looking forward to another major advance in capabilities. This advance utilizes the new Cell processor in Sony’s PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new advances with GPUs), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 100 gigaflop scale per computer. With about 10,000 such machines, we would be able to achieve performance on the petaflop scale. With software from Sony, the PlayStation 3 will now be able to contribute to the Folding@Home project, pushing Folding@Home a major step forward.

This is one of those great ideas that largely goes unnoticed.  Props to Stanford.




2 responses

19 09 2006

I’ll be buying a PS3 next month (pre-order). How can I volunteer my PS3 for this project?


20 09 2006

You would have to contact them directly. Unfortunatly I have no other information about the project. You could try going to the folding@home website, which is linked to in the post.
Thanks and good luck!

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