Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced today that great progress has been made since PS3 systems became a part of Stanford University’s Folding@Home program a month ago.
The Folding@Home is a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, mis-folding, and related diseases. Since the program’s launch in March, PS3 user participation has provided Folding@Home immense computing power, which has helped it “fast forward” its research. Thanks to the PS3’s Cell Broadband Engine, this program has become one of the most powerful distributed computing networks in the world.
In continued commitment to the program, SCE announced that starting tomorrow, it is providing a Folding@Home update that will enhance the user experience by improving folding calculation speeds, increasing visibility of user locations on the globe, and including the ability to create longer donor or team names.
Some of the key accomplishments of Folding@Home since it launched on the PS3:
- “More than 250,000 unique PS3 users have registered.
- “Since joining, the PS3 has more than doubled the computing capacity of the network.
- “The number of active PC’s has increased by 20% in the last month due to the “halo effect” of PS3 participation.”