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Folding At Home PS3 Debug / Test Client is Now Available


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264w ago - First of all, Happy July 4th to our American viewers! As we all know, Folding At Home on the PS3 is really a beast - it knows how to use the hardware efficiently, making the PS3 one of the top [Register or Login to view links] in the entire [Register or Login to view links].

The PS3 Debug / Test version has the included files, sprx's, and the Eboot.bin all decrypted. You can now peel apart the files to see how the Folding@Home client utilizes the power of the PS3.

An interesting note: the configuration file outlines that 6 SPU's are in use, as well as one Raw SPU.

It begs the question, is it 6 SPU's in total, or 6+1 = 7 ?

Download: PS3 Debug Folding At Home (USA) Client

It becomes much more interesting if its 6+1, beckoning rumors of the 8th "disabled" SPU not being disabled at all, but actually, secretly being used for security, while the 7th SPU, that we all thought was for security, was just a front.

It is a bit of a stretch, but it is something to keep in mind while you dig through the Folding@Home client, looking for goodies.

Since this is an old version, when updating on a Development unit from this file, it gets stuck in an "update loop" essentially, and eventually fails to run, so it's not very useful on the PS3, but in a disassembler is another story!



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#21 - RacerXGtsT - 82w ago
Thanks for the download link! I think I'll try it even though Sony decided to nix FatH for PS3s.

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#20 - sapperlott - 242w ago
very possibly just a fluke coincidence but awhile ago when I attempted to run recovery software on the PS3 hard drive it returned alot of files with the .dds extension which is the extension used in all the files in these directories.Those are [Register or Login to view links] files. You can view them for example using XnView.

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#19 - RexVF5 - 263w ago
Everything I have previously read said the .pkg files are compressed, which I do agree that there is some sort of compression but how come so little??

The size difference between this folding pkg and the extracted folder is very minimal that it defeats the purpose to really be compressed so has any research been done on the compression?

Just a guess: AFAIK good encryption algorithm hides any pattern from original source - even though the un-encrypted source would be having patterns or repeating sequences, encrypted result hides all of it. Well encrypted data has (almost) the same distribution of every character thus making it very hard to compress. See [Register or Login to view links]

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#18 - internetfloozy - 263w ago
Everything I have previously read said the .pkg files are compressed, which I do agree that there is some sort of compression but how come so little??

The size difference between this folding pkg and the extracted folder is very minimal that it defeats the purpose to really be compressed so has any research been done on the compression?

CJPC's Avatar
#17 - CJPC - 263w ago
Yeah, its not in the docs either - its a little gem we found one day. Quite useful.

Needless to say, the new versions do not have that option in them.

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