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Thursday, February 27, 2003

Applying the Grid to Gaming
Grid computing, the concept of distributing processing over many computers rather than just one, will soon be utilized for gaming. Sony, IBM and startup Butterfly.net have announced a strategic partnership wherein they will use grid technology to do the heavy lifting for massive multiplayer games. This is the same idea that is being used to search for alien life forms, discern how proteins fold, and that the NCSA is pushing as the "next big thing."

Grid computing, a concept that originated in supercomputing centers, is taking a step toward the mainstream: Sony will announce today that it will use the technology to accelerate its push into the emerging market for online games with thousands of players at a time.

Sony is teaming up with I.B.M. and Butterfly.net Inc., a software start-up that will build the grid for players who use Sony's PlayStation 2 video game consoles. The companies plan to demonstrate the technology next week at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif.

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