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A press release about [email protected] from Sony:

Tokyo, April 25, 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that great progress has been made in the one month since PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment systems became part of Stanford University’s [email protected]™ program, a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, misfolding and related diseases. Since the program launched in March, participation by the PS3 user community has been phenomenal, providing [email protected] with immense computing power that is helping to fast forward its research. Furthermore, thanks to PS3’s powerful Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.), the [email protected] program has become one of the most powerful distributed computing networks in the world and is quickly approaching a level of computing power that is of historical proportions.

Exhibiting its continued commitment to the program, SCE also announced that starting tomorrow, it is providing a [email protected] application update that will further enhance the user experience. The updated software features an improvement in folding calculation speeds, increased visibility of user location (*1) on the globe and the ability for users to create longer donor or team names.

“The PS3 turnout has been amazing, greatly exceeding our expectations and allowing us to push our work dramatically forward,” said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and [email protected] program lead. “Thanks to PS3, we have performed simulations in the first few weeks that would normally take us more than a year to calculate. We are now gearing up for new simulations that will continue our current studies of Alzheimer’s and other diseases.”

Some of the key accomplishments made since the [email protected] program launched on PS3 include:

· More than 250,000 unique PS3 users have registered to the program in just one month.

· PS3 users are delivering nearly 400 teraflops, achieving a total computing power of over 700 teraflops at a single moment. This is more than double the computing capacity of the network before PS3 joined the program (*2)

· The “halo-effect” of PS3 has been evident as the number of active PCs has increased by 20 percent in the last month.

“We continue to be thrilled with the ongoing contributions of the PS3 user community in helping the [email protected] program study the causes of many different diseases that afflict our society,” said Masayuki Chatani, Corporate Executive and CTO Computer, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “As we move forward, we are issuing a call to action for all PS3 owners around the world to download the [email protected] application and help this cause. These PS3 fans can also be part of history as the [email protected] distributed computing program inches closer to achieving a petaflop – a measure of computing power that has never before been reached.”

PS3 users can download the new update version 1.1 by restarting the [email protected] application. New [email protected] users can join the program by simply clicking on the [email protected] icon within the Network menu of the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) or can optionally set the application to run automatically whenever the PS3 is idle (*3).

Starting with [email protected], SCE will continue to support distributed computing projects in a wide variety of academic fields such as medical and social sciences and environmental studies through the use of PS3 and hopes to contribute to the advancement of science.

(*1) User location by IP address.

(*2) Based on Stanford University’s [email protected] internal data, collected at the end of April.

(*3) To run the application automatically in idle state, PS3 must be connected to the network with both the main power switch and power button turned on. Option setting must also be changed as this automatic feature is off at default.

For more information contact:
SCEE Press Centre
Tel: +44 (0)20 7859 5000
Email: [email protected]
About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd. As at 30 Jan 2007

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) software and hardware in 102 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Between its European debut on 24th November 2000 and the end of December 2006, over 44 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been shipped across the SCEE territories, over 115 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history. Between its European debut on 1st September 2005 and the end of December 2006, over 8 million PSP systems have been shipped across the SCEE territories, with over 24 million shipped worldwide since its Japanese launch in December 2004.

  • That’s great. i’ve tried to be an active participant in the fold and only stopped this week as my condo is without air and my room went up to 90. I’ll be back Friday when they finally turn on the air in my building.
    I like the idea of greater location identification. I always thought it weird that only one person was folding in Columbia or Southern Ontario for that matter.

    Remember our number is 55054 and remember to sign in with your PSN sig otherwise you end up going in as PS3. takes the fun out of contributing. And remember to set the idle time.

    We’re very close to breaking into the top 1000. with roughly 77 people. Yes the PS3’s are that powerful. So please join out little folding Band. I try and update the folding forum on Thursdays.

  • Yes, our Team is doing great! Keep it up everyone! Even PC’s can join the team as well.

  • Overall we are number 13 in PS3 folding teams.
    Now that’s pretty good for 80 people. Keep on joining.

    Sun Apr 22 06:00:00 PDT 2007
    Pos. Rank TeamID Team Name Score WUs

    1 93 54733 [email protected] 11039594 37612
    2 157 54376 5506699 19138
    3 178 55265 Forums Team 4762810 16598
    4 333 51355 PLAYSTATION 3 2014169 6856
    5 410 55260 IGN-PS3 1514761 5660
    6 427 55077 [email protected] 1444296 4894
    7 486 57793 Official-ish PS3Fanboy Folding Team 1233533 4239
    8 594 54886 PS3 FAN 928038 3157
    9 696 54751 Sony Playstation 3 G.A.P. 739664 2552
    10 1059 57266 Official German Playstation Community Team 433902 1525
    11 1094 36219 Sony PLAYSTATION 414975 8207
    12 1145 61069 387715 1359
    13 1150 55054 385910 1344

  • Come on the Germans are #10. We can beat the Germans. OOHHH the Germans. With apologies to Mr Burns from the Simpsons. you know the episode.

  • Yeah that episode is brilliant.

    “Ooh, the Germans are mad at me. I’m so scared! Oooh, the Germans!”


    Great work guys on the [email protected] front.

  • Michael

    Do you see the folding user named “PS3” in first place, well that’s me. Sorry to brag. I wasn’t thinking when I started because I made my user name PS3. i never thought that I’d
    be in first place. But, when I try to change the user name, I loose all of my data and go back to zero, so I can’t change it now. Isn’t it cool how us ps3 user are contributing so much to the project? I read an internet article yesterday that said that in one months time, Harvard made more process than it would have previously made in over a years time. Keep folding!!