It looks like Sony has decided that it will no longer support Stanford University's Folding@home distributed computing project via PlayStation 3. According to a post in the European PlayStation Blog, Sony will kill the ability for current and future PS3 owners to contribute part of the CPU power to the project with the next firmware update scheduled to go live sometime later this month. Sony didn't really give a reason why they have decided to do this…
In case you didn't know, Folding@home used collective computing power of networked computers and PS3s to simulate protein folding, with the goal of helping researchers study diseases such as Alzheimer's and cancer.
"The PS3 system was a game changer for Folding@home, as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs," Stanford's Folding@home research lead Vijay Pande said.
Over 15 million users took part in the project, contributing a total of over 100 million computation hours.