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1 Million PS3 Users Hit Folding@Home

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Another huge milestone for the Playstation 3 has been reached with Folding@Home.  One million PS3 users have contributed to the Folding@Home project since his inception.  The PS3 users supported research for Parkinson’s and Alzheimers and cancer.  Here’s the full release from Sony:


ONE MILLION PLAYSTATION®3 USERS PARTICPATE IN FOLDING@HOME RESEARCH PROJECT

PS3 Users Support Research Efforts of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and
Certain Forms of Cancer

FOSTER CITY, Calif., February 4, 2008 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
(SCEI) today announced that since PLAYSTATION (PS3) took part in Stanford
University’s Folding@home™ project on March 22, 2007, the total number
of registered users has reached over one million users. This equates to roughly
3,000 PS3 users registering for Folding@home per day or 2 new registered users every
minute worldwide.

“Since partnering with SCEI, we have seen our research capabilities increase
by leaps and bounds through the continued participation of Folding@home
users, said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford
University and Folding@home project lead. Now we have over one million PS3
users registered for Folding@home, allowing us to address questions previously
considered impossible to tackle computationally, with the goal of finding cures to
some of the world’s most life-threatening diseases. We are grateful for the
extraordinary worldwide participation by PS3 and PC users around the globe.

Folding@home aims to understand protein folding and misfolding, and how these are
related to diseases and many forms of cancer. When proteins do not fold correctly,
there can be serious consequences, including many well-known diseases, such as
Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many cancers and cancer-related
syndromes.

Prior to the inclusion of PS3 in March 2007, the Folding@home project leveraged the
distributed computing power of personal computers from around the world. Now a
network of roughly 10,000 PS3s can accomplish the same amount of work as a network
of 100,000 PCs, and have the ability to perform research simulations in weeks rather
than years. In fact, it took just six months after PS3 joining Folding@home for the
project to surpass a petaflops

(*1), a computing milestone that had never been reached before by a distributed
computing network. In September 16, 2007, Folding@home was recognized by Guinness
World Records™ as the world’s most powerful distributed computing
network.

Currently PS3 users make up approximately 74 percent of the total teraflop computing
power of the Folding@home project. For more information, please see official
website: http://www.scei.co.jp/folding/en/.

(*1) A petaflops is the ability of a computer to do one quadrillion floating point
operations per second (FLOPS).

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