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Folding@Home Network Three Times Faster Than World's Fastest Supercomputer
Posted on September 14, 2009 by Shak
 

Roadrunner, officially the world's fastest supercomputer, is used in nuclear weapons research. It can sustain just over 1 petaflop of performance, but is still slower than the Folding@Home network of computers. This network includes PCs, Macs, Linux Systems, and more recently (and importantly) the PlayStation 3.

The Folding@Home network of computers, which is used for functions such as Folding@Home, boasts more than 4.3 petaflop of computing power - the equivalent of more than 4,300 trillion calculations per second. PlayStation 3 users managed to achieve 1 petaflop of protein folding just 7 months after the application was release, pushing the Folding@home program to be recognized by the Guinness World Records folks as the most powerful distributed computer network in the world.

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