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9 July, 2008

crunching with PS3

Well, I've been doing something very contributing to the society with my PlayStation 3. How?

The PS3 has been on most nights running Folding@home project. Folding@home is a distributed computing project designed to perform computationally intensive simulations of protein folding and other molecular dynamics. This project can enable the scientific community to better understand the development of many diseases.

PS3 Folding@home

If you are interested in joining the great team to expand human understanding on protein, all you need to do is simply leave your computers on. (electricity is not that expensive.) Folding@home runs on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, as well as PlayStation 3. If you have a superfast 64-bit multicore PC, you should join the crunching.

Join the discussion - How many "crunchers" out there at SillyDog701 Message Centre.

Posted by Antony on 9 July 2008 8:19 AM | gadget

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Congratulations, you're using 9.12 kilowatts of extra electricity per day to simulate protein folding. A nice 273.6 extra on your power bill at the end of each month!
Posted by Don_HH2K on 9 July 2008 10:21 AM.
How do you get that figure? Was it based on the original model of PS3?
I will measure the wattage when I have time.
Posted by Antony Shen on 9 July 2008 2:10 PM.
Oh BTW Ant,in the underground shopping arcades at Umeda,Osaka, I saw a display by Sharp, showing that the Aquos flat panel that I have, runs on low voltage 42V and draws relatively low watts about 800w. Their very large plant in Japan has huge solar panels on all roofs saving them a lot in energy costs seemingly.
Sharp seem like an intelligent company.
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 9 July 2008 2:36 PM.
Just did my measuring of PlayStation 3 (40GB model) with HDD upgraded to 200GB at 7200rpm.
The PS3 uses about 112 - 140W while playing PS3 games and standby is only 12W. While running Folding@Home, PS3 draws about 147W on my machine. (Therefore running PS3 for Folding@Home would only cost you 3.5 units on your electricity bill. One electricity unit is 1kWhr.)
(Please note that 7200rpm HDD may probably draw more power than 5400rpm HDD (default).)
Posted by Antony Shen on 20 July 2008 2:27 PM.
It has been revealed that Sony has quietly removed the feature of being able to transfer certain purchased PSN titles from your PS3 to your PSP system, before firmware v4.00 was released you could buy certain titles that worked on both PS3 and PSP and copy them onto your PSP after using it on your PS3, now you can't unless you choose NOT to ever install the game on your PS3 in the first place so if you want the game on both then you have to connect online with your PSP (pretty hard on the new PSP 1000e which has no WiFi) to download onto that system.PS3 Games.
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