Tuesday, November 20th 2007

PS3 Network Enters Record Books

A project that harnesses the spare processing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) to help understand the cause of diseases has entered the record books. Guinness World Records has recognised folding@home (FAH) as the world's most powerful distributed computing network. More than 700,000 PS3 owners have enrolled their consoles in the Folding@Home project to examine how the shape of proteins affect diseases such as Alzheimer and BSE. The addition of all the PS3 Cell processors has taken the computing power of the network to more than one petaflop. By comparison BlueGene L, which tops the list of most powerful supercomputers, has a top speed of just 280.6 teraflops.
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
said Professor Vijay Pande of Stanford University and a leader of the FAH project.Source: BBC News
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11 Comments on PS3 Network Enters Record Books

1 petaflop? Geez, that sounds serious :toast:
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Bird of Prey
Holy crap. No doubt they also incorporate the gpu processor into this. Well done PS3.
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This is amazing that PS3 can help cure diseases....I would have never thought of that...I hope it cures one:):):roll::respect:
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We can all thank Sony for releaseing a game console with no games to play. Once Sony releases something playable, it'll be back to the drawing board for F@H.
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wait - why dont they put this uber cell processor in a PC - or have i missed something?
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Ben Clarke
You can - if you have $7000 handy and 3 spare PCI slots.
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Ben Clarke said:
You can - if you have $7000 handy and 3 spare PCI slots.
which is a reason to get a ps3!!!
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Easy Rhino
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cjoyce1980 said:
shame its poo poo for games tho
only for now.
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