Saturday, December 08, 2007

Save the world, buy a Playstation 3

Folding@Home client statistics by OS

OS Type Current TFLOPS* Active CPUs Total CPUs
Windows 1731816941867933
Mac OS X/PowerPC 79281108973
Mac OS X/Intel 18589631084
Linux 4425733261056
GPU 417004810
PLAYSTATION®3 105342454364448
Total 1336265758 2638304

Folding@Home is a Stanford project to use home computers to simulate protein folding. It is also comes with the Playstation 3 and can be activated by clicking on an icon. Note that the Playstation 3 network is rated at over a petaflop. This is getting into the range of the human brain, although the brain only uses about 20 watts and is far more connected. The GPU stats are for programs using ATI X1900 class video cards, which can run the computations 20x to 30x faster than a CPU with SSE.

Here is a video snippet from DLTV that also shows simulated protein folding in action.

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