Monday, April 30, 2007

Folding@Home, PS3 and Energy Consumption


PS3 owners can run a Folding@Home client on the game console.  (As on March 23rd, PS3s were contributing 338 teraflops.)


According to the PS3 frequently asked questions page, the power consumption of the PS3 running the Folding@Home client, is 200 Watts. 


This is the main reason that I don't run these clients, even though I would love to participate.  We are trying to reduce our energy consumption, so I wouldn't want to leave a 200 watt device running all of the time.


I do wonder how efficient the PS3 (flops/watt) is compared to other types of hardware.