April 25, 2007 - Sony has announced that in just over a month, 250,000 PlayStation 3 owners have registered for the Folding@Home programme and the disease-curing service is reaching "a level of computing power that is of historical proportions".
Since the Folding@Home service became available for PS3 in March, the computing capacity of the network has doubled and PS3 users are delivering nearly 400 teraflops of information - achieving a total power of 700 teraflops at any given time, in conjunction with PC users.
Sony is continuing its support of the service by offering an updated version of Folding@Home from April 26, featuring improvements in folding calculation speeds, increased visibility of user locations on the programme's built-in globe and the ability to create longer donor or team names.
Folding@Home was established by Stanford University and combines the power of PCs and PS3s to decipher complex protein structures, which can then be used in the fight against incurable diseases such as Alzheimer's. PS3 owners can download Folding@Home by updating their firmware, adding a new option to the Cross Media Bar which can be run when the console is idle.