PlayStation 3 joins Folding@Home

"PlayStation 3 owners will soon be able to help find the cure for Alzheimer's and other diseases with a new Folding@Home plugin."

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News <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 16/03/07
Author: PV5150
Source: TG Daily

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First XBOX 360, now PS3. PlayStation 3 owners will soon be able to help find the cure for Alzheimer's and other diseases with a new Folding@Home plugin. Sony is partnering up with Stanford's protein folding project and will be releasing a software update later this month that will use idle processor cycles to discover viable protein shapes.

Sony claims the PlayStation 3's Cell chip is up to 10 times faster than a personal computer which could significantly help the effort. Masayuki Chatani, corporate executive and CTO of Sony Computer Entertainment says, "Previously, PCs have been the only option for scientists, but now, they have a new, more powerful tool."

Sony says the new software update will put a Folding@Home item in the network menu of the media bar. Users can run the project by clicking the icon or by setting it to run when the PlayStation 3 is idle. The idle running of Folding@Home will only work if the game console is plugged into the network. The Folding@Home project uses the idle processor cycles of thousands of computers to solve complicated folding tasks. The results are uploaded to a central mainframe and analyzed by scientists.

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15-03-2007, 06:50:47


After a long absence, I'm back again playing competitively!! Jim and I had a few teething problems with my new rig but that is all sorted now and she's running an absolute treat.

Not only that, but I've been practicing nearly every night and can say that I'm pretty much getting back to my old form when I was playing for Mem! Going 4 maps on a full 25 man server with two ex Mem members, pasting them and finishing top by at least 15 kills was a good enough sign haha!!

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15-03-2007, 06:57:24

Wooo thats some good news mate. We will be calling on you this week probably, we have some training on train sunday and need to run through de_strike (will start a seperate thread).

Also i should be trying to scrape a team together for a game tonight on train

15-03-2007, 07:24:04

Sounds good mate!

Rofl talking about all this availability, the only night I can't do is tonight cos it's my mates birthday and I'm popping over to see him.

Count me in for any other day though! :D

I'm just looking forward to getting back and playing again with the team! :ar:

18-03-2007, 08:52:19

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