Wednesday, December 19th 2007

Sony Updates Folding@Home Client

Sony has updated the Folding@Home client for the PS3 to version 1.3. The improvements offered by this version are the ability to play music from the hard drive whilst folding and the option to turn-off the console after a specified amount of time or after the current work unit has been completed. Sony has also tweaked the code a little to allow it to handle more complex protein simulations. Version 1.3 requires you to install the recently released 2.10 firmware on your PS3.

If you are unfamiliar with the Folding@Home project, it is run by Stanford University and simulates protein folding in an attempt to find cures for diseases and illnesses including Alzheimer’s, BSE, CJD, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease and a number of cancers. You do not need a PS3 to participate in the project; any computer connected to the internet is capable of running a Folding@Home client. For more information you may wish to look at the Folding@Home website and techPowerUp!’s Folding@Home team.Source: Reg Hardware
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7 Comments on Sony Updates Folding@Home Client

#1
Dangle
I feel guilty for not having turned on my PS3 for about 6 months.
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xvi
I feel guilty for not having one.
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Rodster
by: Dangle
I feel guilty for not having turned on my PS3 for about 6 months.
by: xvi
I feel guilty for not having one.
And I feel even guiltier for owning one and not giving a crap about folding@home and never will.

:nutkick:
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1c3d0g
As soon as I get a PS3 next year I'm going to crunch data 24/7. I already do something similar with my PC (BOINC), but anything that can help beat deadly diseases gets my thumbs up. Go Sony Go! :rockout:
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Dangle
by: Rodster
And I feel even guiltier for owning one and not giving a crap about folding@home and never will.

:nutkick:
Actually I don't feel guilty at all. I know that F@H is just a gimmick and a publicity stunt to get free advertisements (like this one) and to get softies to buy the console. I doubt it will ever have any significant effect on medical breakthroughs. It's just like SETI trying to find aliens...... It never has, and probably never will. And OMG - just think of the carbon footprint you're leaving by running your PS3 all the time - how TERRRRRRRRRRRRIBLE....:p
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
So you are saying a project that has been around since the Pentium days is an advertisement designed to sell PS3s? Where is the logic in that?

I really don't think F@H is selling any consoles for Sony. No one is buying it just to run F@H.
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