PS3 is just 12 percent of [email protected] clients, but 78 percent of the new petaflop record

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."

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ATLRoAcH4869d ago

...the power of the Cell.The PS3...Superhero....fighting cancer.What other console is helping to fight cancer?Hopefully it will lead to good karma for the PS3.

ruibing4869d ago

I put my PS3 on it every night throughout summer and winter. It's just good sense to do this since it doesn't really cost you anything except a few bucks on your electric bill at the end of the month. It's just so easy and painless to do that there really is no reason not to unless you sleep in the same room as your PS3 and you need total silence and darkness. Remember, its these small bits of contributions of people that will go a long way to helping someone else out there a lot.

Hapimeses4869d ago

Well, I do my bit. I've had my PS3 on for two weeks. When not using it, I've set it to automatically start folding after 10 minutes sitting idle. It's kinda bizarre, but it does give you a good feeling to know that you are making a tiny difference.

That aside, PS3's contribution to Stanford University's project is obviously enormous, and that can only be a good thing.


DrPirate4869d ago

If this really does contribute to a discovery one day, then it was all worth it.

If one life is made better from it, who are we to deny the worth of life, even if it's one person.

Hapimeses4869d ago

Totally. It's another reason why I love my PS3.


KeMoBLUE4869d ago

*reads comments*

*tear falls from right eye*

you all are such good people.

bootsielon4869d ago

But since I have bills to pay, I rather not use it that much.

Anyway, in a perfect (or better) world, everyone would use [email protected] :)

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