Game console supercomputing

Game console supercomputing: something you won’t ever see being achieved with a Microsoft Xbox 360, no matter what processors inside; its overheating problem would cause instant death.

In contrast, Sony‘s PlayStation 3 (PS3) helps folding@home (FAH) to examine how the shape of proteins affect diseases such as Alzheimer’s. FAH has signed up nearly 700,000 PS3s and the network has more than one petaflop of computing power – the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

As a result, Guinness World Records has recognised FAH as the world’s most powerful distributed computing network, a method for solving large complex problems by dividing them between many computers.


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