The Folding@home project gets a Guinness World Records Title as the World’s Most Powerful Distributed Computing network. Mostly thanks to the powerful PLAYSTATION 3. In September the PS3 alone hit the one petaflop barrier, quite a achievement.
If you don’t know what the Folding@home project is, it’s a user-friendly application for the PS3, and pretty much every OS out there (Windows, Mac, Linux). You just choose a donor name and join a team if you wish. By the way our team number is 55054 😉 Then just let the app run and that’s it.
Here is more info about Folding@home:
For those who are yet unfamiliar with the term, Folding@Home is a project which was started by researchers from Stanford University. The project involves the study of protein folding which has been thought to be the root of diseases such as Alzheimer s Disease, Parkinson s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, cystic fibrosis, and some types of cancer. The aim of the project is to help the researchers to build models and simulations of these proteins by lending them some CPU power and a bit of bandwidth.
Our Folding@home team is doing very well. We are currently at rank 376! Keep those PS3’s & PC’s folding!
Also the PC side of Folding@home is getting a new GUI similar to the PS3. They don’t have a ETA on the release but they are trying to get it out ASAP.
And here is another way the PS3 has helped science.
Gaurav Khanna is using a cluster of eight PS3 units as a supercomputer replacement (donated by Sony) for his space research. More details below.
Written by: T0SH
- Cofounder of PS3Blog.net