Use you Playstation 3 to cure diseases
Although there are a lot of doubts about the marketing strategy Sony has chosen for their Playstation 3, the people at Stanford University are going to use the new Playstation 3 in their search “to understand protein folding, misfolding and related diseases.” They call it the Cure@PS3 project.
This is actually an addition to their Folding@Home project, which connects loads of PCs from around the world to create the calculation capacity required for the project. You can download the Folding@Home client and make your PC also process the calculations, much like the SETI@home project.
But now this technology will also be available on the Playstation 3. The Cure@PS3 project works like this: “[…]We are looking forward to another major advance in capabilities. This advance utilizes the new Cell processor in Sony’s Playstation 3 (PS3) to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new advances with GPUs), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 100 gigaflop scale per computer.”
Read more about this interesting and original use of the next gen consoles on Folding@Home at the Stanford university website. For a small preview check out this picture from Wikipedia or the videopreview at the Stanford website.