Sony and folding@home start working together to develop a native folding@home application for the Playstation 3 which uses the Cell CPU. The BBC claims that 10,000 Playstation 3 consoles would make a raw processing-power of “a thousand trillion calculations per second” – read: 1-Peta-FLOPS.
“A graphical interface, also being developed between Sony and FAH, will eventually allow users and the scientists to look at the protein from different angles as it folds in real-time.
The graphics application is currently undergoing tests and is expected to be finished by September.
When the program is released to PS3 owners, the scientists say they will be able to “address questions previously considered impossible to tackle computationally”.