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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

When the PS3 does it better....
My friend Brian is a part of this and very into it - it's a program from some dedicated souls at Stanford University that you can download and run on your computer and now, on your ps3; where you dedicate spare processing power to their cause. It does not, (unlike the virus that is Windows), grasp its usage for all eternity, and thus, does not interfere measurably with your computer work. "Folding@home is to simulate the way in which different proteins fold, in the hope of bettering our understanding of certain diseases" - direct quote stolen from the newest article about it:
As for why the ps3 does it better:
What of other games consoles such as Xbox 360? Anderson says he's talked to Microsoft. "But that conversation didn't go anywhere," he says.

I think it's the best use you can get out of your computer, after all, if it's running and not using the processor to the full, why not dedicate it to science?

Here's the main website:
Give it a try. After all, even if you're not up to snuff on your science & donations to a cause, why can't your computer do it for you?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I've been following the f@h for a while. In addition to the PS3 you can also run the client on the more recent top end ATI graphics cards (which outperform the PS3). It's very interesting stuff.

One thing people ought to know is that there are a variety of sub-problems in protein folding. Of those the GPU (graphics cards) and the PS3 are only good for solving a subset. Though in this subset they vastly outperform regular CPU's.

Here is a good article over at arstechnica:
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