Folding@Home

04/03/2009 § Leave a comment

I stumbled across this project while surfing the net, daydreaming of owning a PS3.

“Since October 2000, over one million CPUs throughout the world have participated in this distributed computing project. The goal of this project is to research protein folding and misfolding to gain an understanding of how these are related to disease.

Targeted diseases include (but are not limited to) Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and many forms of cancer.”

Found here.

The PS3 appears to be carrying its own weight, and some more. A two year old post by Jeff Atwood (his blog, Coding Horror) pointed me to the stats on the Folding@Home site:

OS Type

Native TFLOPS*

x86 TFLOPS*

Active CPUs

Total CPUs

Windows

296

296

311075

2584303

Mac
OS X/PowerPC

5

5

6204

125595

Mac
OS X/Intel

30

30

9688

81408

Linux

43

43

25078

370507

ATI GPU

1059

1117

10387

50787

NVIDIA GPU

2141

4518

17991

91419

PLAYSTATION®3

1230

2595

43628

770991

Total

4804

8604

424051

4075010

Cool Stuff. Prepare yourselves for a post on botanist Stephen Hopper.

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