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Sony Studies Commercial PlayStation 3 Supercomputing Grid

For supercomputing, PS3s have potential because they pack so much more processing power than the average PC -- 30 times more, according to Sony.

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Sony sees opportunity in the idle computing power of 6 million PlayStation 3s. It's considering offering product discounts and other incentives to entice owners to leave their game consoles on, so Sony can corral them into a supercomputing grid it could lease to businesses. Companies, particularly in the medical industry, have approached Sony with the idea after reading about PlayStation 3 owners' participation in [email protected], a Stanford University project that uses home computers to form a grid to study diseases.

PS3s pack much more processing power than the average PC--30 times more, claims Sony, thanks to their IBM Cell processor. One day last week, 20,000 PS3s were on the [email protected] project.

Sony would need to offer incentives since this wouldn't be a nonprofit program like Stanford's. The idea's in the research phase, but Sony isn't playing around. It says it'll go ahead if it's commercially feasible.

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