Saturday, August 26, 2006

PS3 Helps Protein Study.

Folding@Home announced that their protein folding service will be coming to the PlayStation 3. What this will do is enable the PS3's Cell processor to work in conjunction with others to study the advance of diseases and even display them in 3D space using the PS3's GPU. The use of 10,000 PS3s in concert is estimated to generate performance on the petaflop scale.

"Our goal is to apply this new technology to push Folding@Home into a new level of capabilities, applying our simulations to further study of protein folding and related diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease, Huntington's Disease, and certain forms of cancer," said the release by Folding@Home. "With these computational advances, coupled with new simulation methodologies to harness the new techniques, we will be able to address questions previously considered impossible to tackle computationally, and make even greater impacts on our knowledge of folding and folding related diseases".

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