The PlayStation 3 and Stanford University's distributed computing research project Folding@home has topped one million users. The goal is to use the processing power of users' PS3s to perform calculation and help scientists understand protein folding and misfolding, and how these are related to diseases and many forms of cancer.
“Since partnering with SCEI, we have seen our research capabilities increase by leaps and bounds through the continued participation of Folding@home users,” said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and Folding@home project lead. “Now we have over one million PS3 users registered for Folding@home, allowing us to address questions previously considered impossible to tackle computationally, with the goal of finding cures to some of the world’s most life-threatening diseases. We are grateful for the extraordinary worldwide participation by PS3 and PC users around the globe.”