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Play Station 3 tackles world ills

A Sony play station 3 on display.Sony is collaborating with US biologist by introducing PS3 into the field of distributed computing. This project will examine how the shape of proteins, critical to most biological functions, affects disease. The performance of a network of PS3’s will be on par with that of a supercomputer.
Distributed computing is a way of solving large complex problems by dividing them between many computers.

With 10,000 machines joined together the researchers calculate they should be able to do a thousand trillion calculations per second.

If that was achieved it would be nearly four times as fast as the world's most powerful supercomputer, IBM's BlueGene/L System, capable of 280.6 trillion calculations per second.

Link: BBC
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