Accelerating the Research Process
The Cell/B.E. processor inside each PS3 is roughly 10 times faster than a standard mainstream chip inside a personal computer. This enables researchers to tabulate the simulations much faster, speeding up the research process, according to Sony.
“To study protein folding, researchers need more than just one super computer, the massive processing power of thousands of networked computers. Previously, PCs have been the only option for scientists studying this, but now, they have a new, more powerful tool,” says Chatani.
“We’re thrilled to have Sony Computer Entertainment be part of the [email protected] project,” says Vijay Pande, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry at Stanford University and [email protected] project lead.
“With PS3 now part of our network, we will be able 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.”
With the latest system software update expected to become available soon, the [email protected] icon will be added to the Network menu of the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar). PS3 users can join the program by simply clicking on the [email protected] icon or can optionally set the application to run automatically whenever the PS3 is idle.
Starting with [email protected], Chatani points out that Sony Computer Entertainment will continue to support distributed computing projects in a wide variety of academic fields, such as medical and social sciences and environmental studies through the use of PS3.