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PS3 Folding@Home hits a million users

PS3 Folding@Home hits a million users

Folding@Home now has more than a million PS3 gamers on board.

PlayStation 3 fanboys have finally broken the one million users mark in the Folding@Home distributed computing system, it was revealed yesterday.

Folding@Home itself, a system by which gamers can contribute spare processing power toward curing cancer on both PC and PlayStation 3, has recently passed the petaflop mark too which is equally impressive.

Embarrassingly for PC users though, the PlayStation 3 users now contribute the vast majority of power to the network according to the press release; a whopping 74 percent.

"Since partnering with SCEI, we have seen our research capabilities increase by leaps and bounds through the continued participation of Folding@home users," said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and Folding@home project lead.

"Now we have over one million PS3 users registered for Folding@home, allowing us to address questions previously considered impossible to tackle computationally, with the goal of finding cures to some of the world's most life-threatening diseases. We are grateful for the extraordinary worldwide participation by PS3 and PC users around the globe."

If you're interested in signing up for Folding@Home then make sure you do it as part of Team Bit-tech and, if you have anything to say, do so in the forums.

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oasked 5th February 2008, 13:44 Quote
Just shows how well suited the PS3 is for folding, although it does do different calculations to PCs. Good stuff. :)
steveo_mcg 5th February 2008, 13:59 Quote
Time to get those GPU's going also, can't have the ps3 takeing all the credit. :)
DXR_13KE 5th February 2008, 14:07 Quote
they should make a version that also uses the GPU for calculations....
Tim S 5th February 2008, 16:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
they should make a version that also uses the GPU for calculations....

Disappointingly, Nvidia's GPUs don't run Folding@Home. They'd need an ATI GPU for that.
devdevil85 5th February 2008, 17:50 Quote
Where is the 360? Doesn't MS want to cure cancer, as well?
p3n 5th February 2008, 18:53 Quote
With the heat problems that 360's have stressing the processor 100% of the time would be borderline stupidity. As is the electricity bills of people who fold proteins :p
talladega 5th February 2008, 19:10 Quote
Microsoft hates cancer patients! OH NOES!
DXR_13KE 5th February 2008, 20:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
Disappointingly, Nvidia's GPUs don't run Folding@Home. They'd need an ATI GPU for that.

or nvidia doing drivers to enable it.....
exceededgoku 5th February 2008, 20:23 Quote
Why is it bad that a server processor is beating desktop processors??
360 should use the GPU I imagine it would be better than the cell in terms of complexity...
AcidJiles 5th February 2008, 21:11 Quote
btw how do i join the bit tech folding group? atm i fold but am not affiliated
TurtlePerson2 6th February 2008, 02:05 Quote
If the average Joe on the PC side of F@H had an 8 core cpu this would be different. Another problem is that the PS3 F@H is really simple to use compared to the multi-core client of PC F@H.

And if they ever get F@H running on the 8800 series, the PS3 will be way behind.
Spaceraver 6th February 2008, 02:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by AcidJiles
btw how do i join the bit tech folding group? atm i fold but am not affiliated

See this thread http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=37317
Rebourne 6th February 2008, 18:28 Quote
I just got a PS3 for watching movies, I like the idea that it's capable of doing that when I'm not using it. They should start making other appliances that can as well, like toasters and stuff.
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