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 Sep 18, 2006 - 03:18 PM - by Michael
* Sony and Folding@Home

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Sony's pulled an interesting trick for the PS3 - they've come up with a Folding@Home client.

Supposedly, it'll take your PS3's "unused" time and run the client, just like the screensaver PC versions do.

"It has so much horsepower and, of course, when you're playing a game all that horsepower will be used for the game. But there are a lot of times during the day when somebody's not playing the game," said Sony's Richard Marks. "It seemed like a good idea to be able to use that horsepower for something else that is, in this case, good for mankind."

Sony worked with Stanford University's Folding@home project to harness the PS3's technology to help study how proteins are formed in the human body and how they sometimes form incorrectly.
Of course, you're still paying for the power to run it, instead of turning it off like you'd expect to do with a console.
 

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