On September 16, the massive distributed computer that is Stanford's [email protected] project broke the 1 petaflop barrier, and today Sony has put out a press release congratulating itself on its contribution to the achievement. The release touts the considerable parallel computing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 console, and it places the number of PS3 users who've participated in the effort at 670,000. (A glance at the project's clients list suggests that fewer than half that number are currently contributing.) "It is clear that none of this would be even remotely possible without the power of PS3," said Stanford's Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry and [email protected] project lead. "It has increased our research capabilities by leaps and bounds."