By Tim Maytom
Sony has launched a new app for its Xperia mobile phones that enables the devices to use idle processor power to contribute towards research into Alzheimer’s.
The Folding@Home app harnesses the processing power of Xperia devices when they are charging, have already reached 100 per cent power, and are connected to wi-fi. If they meet all three criteria, the app uses the idle processor to explore the science of protein folding, where abnormalities that cause Alzheimer’s originate.
Scientists have been running the Folding@Home lab since early in the 2000s, which hopes to unlock the mysteries of protein folding, which is critical in the search for a cure to degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Sony has a long association with the project, having worked with researchers at Stanford University since 2012 to test the computational possibilities of using the global smartphone ecosystem to help grow our understanding.
A single Xperia smartphone processor typically runs at around 30 GLOPS, meaning that half a million smartphone users running the Folding@Home app could more than double the power of the entire power of the existing Folding@Home network.
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Source:: Mobile App News