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Folding at Home / Life With PlayStation PS3 Research - Take 1 550°
January 27, 2010 // 12:34 pm - I just started to take a look at Folding@Home / Life with PlayStation as part of my PS3 research. There are several little details which are pretty interesting...

One thing which got me interested, is that the "game" has more permissions than any other game or application. Normal games do not have access to the root of /dev_hdd0/ but F@H has.

It can read, write and execute which was found out as it creates a folder called /cntlnk/ in /dev_hdd0/.

There it caches several music files you play while running the application. This is handled...

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Folding At Home PS3 Debug / Test Client is Now Available 700°
July 4, 2009 // 8:32 pm - First of all, Happy July 4th to our American viewers! As we all know, Folding At Home on the PS3 is really a beast - it knows how to use the hardware efficiently, making the PS3 one of the top clients in the entire project.

The PS3 Debug / Test version has the included files, sprx's, and the Eboot.bin all decrypted. You can now peel apart the files to see how the Folding@Home client utilizes the power of the PS3.

An interesting note: the configuration...

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SCE Receives 'Good Design Gold Award' for PS3 Folding At Home 50°
November 6, 2008 // 9:23 pm - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced that the company's support for Stanford University's Folding@Home project on PlayStation 3, including the Folding@Home application developed and designed by SCEI specifically for PS3, received the "Good Design Gold Award 2008" from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization today.

In addition to the "Good Design Gold Award" for the Folding@Home project on PS3, the PlayStation Network logo and PlayStation Store user interface design have also received this year's "Good Design Award."

Press Release:...

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AMD looks to Folding@Home language for gaming physics 50°
May 4, 2008 // 4:10 pm - Nvidia may be working towards making its newly acquired PhysX technology the gaming physics standard, but AMD reckons that there are plenty of other alternatives out there, including using Stanford University's and highly parallel Brook language for gaming physics.

AMD's technical director of sales and marketing, Giusseppe Amato, told Custom PC that Brook 'allows you to use the parallel SIMD (single instruction multiple data) array that we have in every stream processor basically you can make any type of 3D pictorial mathematics calculation. Can it also be...

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Sony Updates Folding@Home Client to Version 1.31 50°
February 15, 2008 // 8:05 pm - Sony has issued a subtle update to its PlayStation 3 Folding@Home client today. Now at version 1.31, the update patches up an issue regarding network communication errors.

When communication with Stanford University's servers is unsuccessful, the application will now try an effective method of attempting to reconnect based on the specific error condition.

To install the update, simply restart or launch the Folding@Home client if you aren't already running it and follow the on-screen prompts to install.

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New Folding@Home features coming 50°
December 19, 2007 // 10:21 am - The Official PlayStation blog has posted up that new features in the Folding@Home project. There is an auto sleep function, a background music player and a few minor features that will help you to maximize your contribution to the project.

To quote: What's a better Holiday addition to Folding than playing music? We've added a great feature in this version in the form of a background music player:

- To activate the music player select Music and then a channel. The channels are automatically populated with songs you have stored on your Hard Disk Drive! For holiday music...

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PS3 network enters record book 50°
November 2, 2007 // 4:16 pm - A project that harnesses the spare processing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) to help understand the cause of diseases has entered the record books.

Guinness World Records has recognised folding@home (FAH) as the world's most powerful distributed computing network.

FAH has signed up nearly 700,000 PS3s to examine how the shape of proteins affect diseases such as Alzheimer's.

The network has more than one petaflop of computing power - the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

"To have folding@home recognized by Guinness...

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Folding@home reaches petaflop milestone 50°
September 20, 2007 // 10:37 pm - Sony Computer Entertainment sends word that partly thanks to the PlayStation 3, Folding@home - Stanford University's distributed computing project - has reached a petaflop - a milestone never before reached on a distributed computing network.

A petaflop, in case you don't keep a mathematical dictionary beside your desk, is the ability of a computer to do one quadrillion floating point operations per second (FLOPS). In other words, says SCE, "if every person on the planet were to perform a simple mathematical calculation, such as calculating a percentage, each person would have to perform...

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