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I just read about the possibility of using Sony's Playstation 3 as a tool for cracking a serious problem: the causes of diseases like Alzheimer's. It will do this by ...
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- 08-26-2006 #1
I just read about the possibility of using Sony's Playstation 3 as a tool for cracking a serious problem: the causes of diseases like Alzheimer's. It will do this by utilising 'distributed computing' whereby a volunteer downloads a piece of software, and whenever their machine starts to idle, the code will get busy with some number crunching.
This technique is already used for solving some pretty complex problems. For example, for modelling climate change (my own box is working on this one) and our ongoing quest to search for intelligent life forms in obscure parts of the Universe: Birmingham UK for example .
It's really very cool to think that you can help to save the planet by sitting on your lazy fat backside and playing games. You might want to try a few bench presses in between times though.
Also interesting is the fact that the chip inside the new Playstation is more powerful than a standard PC CPU. I think it's hugely exciting that gaming is pushing forward the boundaries of the possible. Whatever next? Your guess is as good as mine.
Last edited by fingal; 08-27-2006 at 10:50 PM. Reason: Thread not doing very well - shorten and change emphasis.I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso