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#1 Andrax

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 07:04 AM

Posted Image"Since 2000, Folding@Home (FAH) has led to a major jump in the capabilities of molecular simulation. By joining together hundreds of thousands of PCs throughout the world, calculations which were previously considered impossible have now become routine. FAH has targeted the study of of protein folding and protein folding disease, and numerous scientific advances have come from the project.

Now in 2006, we are looking forward to another major advance in capabilities. This advance utilizes the new Cell processor in Sony’s PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new advances with GPUs), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 100 gigaflop scale per computer. With about 10,000 such machines, we would be able to achieve performance on the petaflop scale. With software from Sony, the PlayStation 3 will now be able to contribute to the Folding@Home project, pushing Folding@Home a major step forward.

Our goal is to apply this new technology to push Folding@Home into a new level of capabilities, applying our simulations to further study of protein folding and related diseases, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Huntington's Disease, and certain forms of cancer. With these computational advances, coupled with new simulation methodologies to harness the new techniques, we will be able to address questions previously considered impossible to tackle computationally, and make even greater impacts on our knowledge of folding and folding related diseases."

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 02:36 PM

I'm just waiting on the software.

Edit to add: do we have an account for Folding@Home?

Edited by popeyecu, 17 March 2007 - 02:36 PM.

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 06:25 AM

As I recall JC misbehaved and got us kicked out of Folding... :lol:


Good to see the game consoles being added to the world of crunch.
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Posted 19 March 2007 - 12:57 PM

Well maybe soon there will be a BOINC client and work units for it. Until then, maybe we'll start a fresh F@H group.
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Posted 19 March 2007 - 04:04 PM

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 05:50 AM

There you go.
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Posted 20 March 2007 - 08:01 AM

Hurray! Now I don't have to set one up!
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Posted 20 March 2007 - 09:22 AM

We are everywhere! :shifty:
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:03 PM

HERE IT COMES!!!

The Updated software was found:

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1.6


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Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:32 PM

Is there a GPU BOINC yet?
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 02:20 PM

Check out this link.... posted it on the WCG forums. I'd buy 2 of them to crunch if WCG supported it. Not that I don't like F@H, but I do like the projects over at WCG. I'd imagine there would be more of a demand for those 20GB basic PS3s now for crunching...

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 02:51 AM

Beautiful!
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 07:11 AM

what's incredible is that the GPU's still beat the mess out of the 8 SPE's on Cell.

I'm still being lazy about getting mine online and everything. It'll be the first thing I do when I get home today though, promise...
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:48 AM

Aight, one PS3 setup and folding here. About 7 hours per work unit it appears...
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