Richard Jones' Log: PS3 distributed compute farm?
So apparently PS3s are kicking butt in distributed protein-folding. According to the folding@home FAQ, "With about 40,000 such machines, we would be able to achieve performance on the petaflop scale."
Makes me wonder how feasible would it be for PS3 owners to lease their hardware to a distributed processing company...
Just so we're clear on this, the fastest supercomputer on the planet* as of November 2006 was the IBM BlueGene/L system with 280.6 teraflops. Now, the benchmark is different of course, but the PS3 contribution to folding@home is (as of today) 497 tflops (that's with 20,287 participants). Not bad for a video game console.
I can't find rankings of distributed computing systems... does anyone know whether such a thing exists?
*: OK, except the one the NSA uses to decode the brainwave patterns scanned from the heads of every single person on the planet using their secret laser satellites.