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Submitted by Siesser 2497d ago | news

Folding@Home Petaflop Barrier Crossed

The momentum and excitement for the Folding@home project continues. This time it's something that the Folding community and the computer science field as a whole have been anxiously awaiting - the crossing of a milestone known as a petaflop. (Folding@Home, PS3)

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Fighter  +   2497d ago
I'll let my PS3 do the thinking for me on this subject
Nice to know we're making a difference by just sitting down and doing nothing while our PS3's do the calculations for a good cause. I'm sure with future firmware updates we will be able to fold much faster.
WilliamRLBaker  +   2497d ago
im all for helping peeps
im all for helping peeps and i run folding too...on my pc's...not my ps3....But I have to say that Folding@home has done nothing for the world....no cures....no new vaccines...ect have been found because of it, and I mean with the ps3 added in its supposedly going through even more data then ever before....yet nothing is found...
I've yet to find an article about recent vaccines or cures for diseases where they say folding@home helped them.

Seti@home still hasn't found life on other planets, and about 10X more people have that lil thing then folding@home....

This was simply a way to market the ps3...which is really sad on sony's part.
Fighter  +   2497d ago
Patience you stupid fanbot
Cures will not come any quicker just because the PS3 is helping with the research. Diseases are more complicated and careful research will eventually help find cures for them.

All I'm trying to say is that it takes time to find cures for various diseases. Too bad there is no cure for the 'fanbot' epidemic.

EDIT: What are you doing in this post when you don't even have a PS3 or that you take something positive that benefits scientific research and then put a negative spin by bringing your fanboy thoughts and comments to it.
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nasim  +   2497d ago
@ william BOT
u garbage box 360 fanboys never mend your ways

we are contributing to the cancer institute. x360 cant do it since you would need 100 xenons to do what CELL is doing

ps3 owners are contributing 70% of the energy dissipated to FOLDING HOME project.

On the other hand RROD of garbage box 360 produces extra heat and destroys the ozone layer---causing floods everywhere in NA
Armyless  +   2497d ago
William, stop trolling
You can't cure something you don't research. You have no point.
ALMIGHTYPS3  +   2497d ago
JUST AMAZING!!
GO STANFORD!!

PLAY B3YOND!!!!!!!!
snakeak  +   2497d ago
Wow
That's really awesome. I realize that for most gamers the importance of Folding is difficult to understand, but just wait til you've had a loved one get afflicted by one of these horrible diseases. I wish I could convince everyone to contribute, because every little bit helps. I have some friends in the biotech field that wish they had access to this kind of computing power. Sure, you won't get "achievement" points for it, but this has real life tangible benefits.
Giro  +   2497d ago
Not too sure
How did scientists cure diseases and create vaccines before Folding at home was invented?

I think what they need to do is create a detailed report on what advances have been gained from all this as its all coming at a price.

If everyone left their PS3s on all the time to do Folding then just think of the amount of power that it would consume, in a world where everyone is being encouraged to save electricity for the sake of all our futures.

Don't get me wrong its not that I don't agree with Folding, in fact I think it is a great idea and if it does do what they say it will and can cure diseases and help people then thats amazing.

I'm just a bit concerned that after another 12 months or so when they reach another Petaflop will the advancement they have made be worth the cost in power and to our environment or will it be just so they can say "hey great, we've reached 2 petaflops, keep leaving your PS3s on so we can get to 3".

So in my humble opinion I think it would be a very good idea if an independant company (not Sony or Microsoft) were to create a detailed report into the acheivements already made from Folding and the long term effects and benefits from doing it.
Armyless  +   2497d ago
Giro, if YOU want to conserve power...
do us all a favor and turn off your PC.
Giro  +   2497d ago
armyless
Don't worry armyless I do already turn off my PC when I've finished working on it, but well done and thanks for that novel power saving tip there.
Armyless  +   2497d ago
Good, and in the future...
try not to knock people who DO decide to contribute THEIR energy to a worthy cause.
Giro  +   2496d ago
huh?
Armyless, if you had actually read my post properly you'd see I wasn't knocking anyone. I was simply stating that it would be an idea for someone to do a detailed report into the effects and benefits of it. I don't see how that is knocking anyone.

Perhaps you should consider a bit of restraint before jumping in on the offensive.

If you saw my post as a dig at people who do Folding then it wasn't intentially meant to be one.
aiphanes  +   2497d ago
U leave your damn computer one 24/7 and it uses more power than the PS3...
Most businesses leave there workstations on 24/7 yet nobody says anything about power use...the PS3 is using no more power than a typical ps3...but yet only 33k PS3 will give folding@home 800 teraflops!!!

People please use folding@home...if 1 million out of the 5+ million PS3 users fold then we would be over 10+ Petraflops!!!

Believe me, your PS3 will not die. I am over 500 workunits runnign 24/7 since March...the PS3 was built like a rock...
Chriswsm  +   2497d ago
I see no point in focusing on medicine for a vastly overpopulated species. I feel that this does more harm than good.

My PC resources are used towards environmental or science (world tempriture analysis and SETI) and when my PS3 is not being used it is always switched off as is my PC if it is not used for a while.

Humanity increases (Births-deaths=increase) as follows
Per second: 2.5
Per minute: 150
Per Hour: 9000

Lets focus on something that needs our help rather that ourselves.
see my forum post on this topic for more (its in the folding bit)

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