Folding@home to run on the PlayStation 3


— 3:19 PM on August 23, 2006

Good news for folders who plan to grab a PlayStation 3 this November: folks at the Folding@home (FAH) project have hooked up with Sony to enable protein folding on the upcoming console. Thanks to software from Sony and the PS3's Cell processor, which is already being used in some servers, PS3 owners will be able to contribute to the FAH project right from their console.

As icing on the cake, PS3 folders will also get "advanced visualization features" that will harness the PS3's Nvidia G70-based RSX graphics processor to display folding in real time with high-dynamic range lighting. If you'd like an early taste, the FAH project page has some videos of the visualization system. Thanks to TR forum gerbil Tarx for tipping us off.

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