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Boston Globe: Power Play for Gamers' Hearts

Mar 08, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Gaither)

"For years, academics and researchers have used grid computing, the practice of tying together many machines to form one powerful supercomputer, to seek cures for diseases, crunch human genome data, and hunt for signs of extraterrestrial life.

"Yesterday, Butterfly.net and IBM Corp. showed off a more trivial, yet potentially lucrative, use for grid computing: video games. In doing so, the start-up and the computing giant set the stage for millions of players on different platforms--personal computers, mobile devices, or Sony's PlayStation 2 console--to compete against each other in virtual worlds larger than any before.

"'It's really treating gaming as an extreme sport of computing,' said Scott Penberthy, a vice president with IBM's Global Services division..."

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