Latest PS3 patch (v4.30) closes the doors on Folding@home

Posted on October 22, 2012 - 3:27pm by Sean Hinz

At the start of November, Sony’s latest update to the PS3 will be removing several services through the Life with Playstation app, one of which was Folding@home. The Stanford University project allowed users to run their PS3 and dedicate its Cell processor to a greater cause when they weren’t gaming. The processor would work with other PS3s around the world to help understand the folding and misfolding of proteins which could lead to cures for cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimers.

Since the project started in 2007 over 15 million PS3 users have participated in the program and have donated more than 100 million computation hours. This has helped significantly in the area of Stanford University’s Alzheimer’s research and project lead Vijay Pande had this to say about the experience.

“We have had numerous successes in recent years. Specifically, in a paper just published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, we report on tests of predictions from earlier Folding@home simulations, and how these predictions have led to a new strategy to fight Alzheimer’s disease... The next steps, now underway at Stanford, are to take this lead compound and help push it towards a viable drug. It’s too early to report on our preliminary results there, but I’m very excited that the directions set out in this paper do appear to be bearing fruit in terms of a viable drug (not just a drug candidate).”

I used to leave my PS3 PHAT on for Folding@home, so I feel like I was a small part of this. Anyone else out there still Folding@home?

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