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Sony: Donate Playstation 3 power for Medical research

Here's a development that has the potential to change the way medical research or, for that matter, any research, is conducted.

According to Sony, Playstation 3 gamers can contribute by donating the enormous power of their consoles to aid Stanford University researchers study the behaviour of proteins in human cells to hopefully find a cure for Cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other fatal diseases.

To take part, gamers(volunteers) would have to download a program which will make the PS3 chip accessible to researchers. The PS3 will be used when the gamer is not playing and the processed data will then be sent back to the researchers.

The project is dubbed by Sony as cure@Playstation3 and will roll out only when the PS3 goes global.

Stanford already uses this technique of distributed computing involving PCs for research.
But the pure processing power of the PS3, which can be easily compared to a supercomputer, will speed up the process significantly.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, November 25, 2006