*notcot in tech , 21:16

Folding@Home PS3- 03.24.07

Over hyped, then under hyped, then over hyped… following the saga of the PS3 the last year has been a rollercoaster. BUT this grey drizzly weekend, gave in and got one for fun… second to flow (more gushing to come on that later) ~ Folding@Home from stanford is one of the sweetest reasons to love a ps3. This is a project “people from through out the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world” in order to help in the study of of protein folding and protein folding disease. But why is it even better with the PS3? “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 25 gigaflop scale per computer. With about 40,000 such machines, we would be able to achieve performance on the petaflop scale.”

What has WOW-ed me even more than the project itself are the gorgeous visualizations of the world (which you can spin and zoom, resembling the world at night nasa image meets the wii weather channel) and molecules in various 3d views.

Regardless of whether you are running it on a computer or your ps3, feel free to join our Folding@Home team (NOTCOT, team number 59465 - enter this when registering) ~ pics, youtubes, and more below…





Here’s a YouTube where you can see some of the close ups of the molecules:

If you are feeling patient - gadgetmadness has this review… (there’s a part two also, but he seemed a bit rambly to me…)

Here’s a YouTube news excerpt called “How your Video Game System can help Cure Cancer”

And just for fun, here’s a silly picture of my rainy day impulse buy:

Even the swedish cartoon Little Gamers is getting in on the PS3 Folding@Home action:

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Hey very nice blog!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…

----- Jordan Compagno 24.02.10 08:12

Wow. I didn’t think that the PS3 could be used in this way…

----- Michael 28.02.08 10:47

This is great. I’ll have to join. Everybody should

----- Evan 23.02.08 19:51

That’s amazing. The cure for cancer is one small step for the PS3, and one giant step for mankind.

----- Free Playstation 3 02.01.08 19:02

That’s great, i hope everyone join and contribute for the good cause.

----- win free ps3 29.12.07 18:23

Looks like I’ll have to start folding, what team should I join?

----- Free PS3 07.12.07 18:37

They should have something like this on the XBOX elite and the Wii

----- free wii girl 02.10.07 16:21

I don’t see why I shouldn’t do this, once I get my networking up and running. At least the PS3 isn’t as loud as my XBOX 360 Elite, I wouldn’t want to keep that thing running 24/7.

----- ipod touch fan 26.09.07 18:08

Hmm, interesting way to help cure diseases.

----- JS 22.09.07 09:53

Not heard much news of this since this thing released. Seems like no one really wants to leave the power hungry ps3 on for so long.

----- mark 21.09.07 12:17

I just discovered that my PS3 can do this. Cool!

----- Jen 08.09.07 15:34

PS3 is one hell of a folding machine.

----- Kiet 30.06.07 12:15

Very nice.I will try this as soon as I receive my new PS3!

----- butlimous 23.06.07 16:45

i dont think its lame i smoke so i know in the futuer im going to need this kinda stuff.

----- samuel T 30.05.07 19:18

Hey guys, you dont NEED a PS3 to do this. If you have a PC you can do it too.

Go to: http://folding.stanford.edu/ and download the application.

----- jigglebilly 31.03.07 13:48

sounds cool if i get a ps3 ill certantly try this :D

----- thor erik 28.03.07 11:16

I liked the YouTube video of the news article. Good work Sony! Get your ps3s ppl and help out! I got mine for free and so can you :)

----- free ps3 27.03.07 20:38

I’d consider buying a PS3 for such uses, The knowledge they gain with these simulations cannot be patended and the resulting new medicines royalty free. If you want to do something for the third world countries(and yourself) donating to science actually might be one of the best things.

----- maarten vaandrager 27.03.07 08:33

Ah reminiscent of SETI@home… and demonstrative of how far we’ve come. Awesome.

----- friend 26.03.07 19:57

$600 and your killer app is helping Stanford with clock cycles? Thats so lame!

----- Nug 26.03.07 18:07

What a magnificent use for unused downtime and a little bit of bandwidth! :) ..and I agree, the visuals are amazing!

----- Carl Hudson 26.03.07 06:59

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