Spanish National Center for Biotechnology uses Atos supercomputing expertise to find out how Covid-19 virus initiates infection

Paris, July 9, 2020

Atos, a world-wide leader in electronic transformation, announce that the Biocomputing Device at the Spanish Nationwide Heart for Biotechnology (CNB), aspect of the Spanish Nationwide Investigation Council (CSIC), is utilizing Atos’ supercomputing resource to make a refined 3D product of the SARS-Cov2 spike protein. By being aware of a lot more depth about the structure of this protein, which is the a single that the virus works by using to enter human cells, scientists can much better realize how the virus initiates infection. This vital step ahead may well assist in the advancement of a vaccine.

The product, designed at the Biocomputing Device of CNB-CSIC utilizing 3D cryoelectron microscopy, a complex structural method, will help scientists and experts to visualize not only the spike glycoprotein but also other SARS-Cov2 proteins. It has been designed accessible to all scientific scientists throughout the world functioning on the virus.

Photograph: Refined 3D product of the SARS-Cov2 spike protein

Professor JM Carazo of CNB, reported: “We’re really proud that we have been ready to make this vital step ahead in the structural knowledge of the viral glycoprotein, which is owing in aspect to the acceleration delivered by our potent supercomputers. Now the scientific local community around the globe can accessibility a mass of structural knowledge all around SARS-Cov-two, so we can operate collectively to assist make this invisible enemy seen.”

 Dr Natalia Jimenez, Atos’ HPC, AI and Quantum Lifetime Sciences Heart of Excellence Director additional: “We’re honored to be ready to present these scientists the extraordinary computing power wanted to assist them get final results faster. By combining investigation knowledge with our technological knowledge and encounter, we’re ready to produce valuable methods that will assist guidance the world-wide battle in opposition to the virus.

The HPC resource incorporates Atos’ BullSequana X supercomputer, primarily based at the CNB-CSIC in Madrid, as well as additional compute abilities and accessibility to Atos professionals at Atos’ new world-wide HPC, AI & Quantum Lifetime Sciences Heart of Excellence. CNB-CSIC is a single of the very first investigation institutes to use this new center, which delivers scientists with accessibility to leading-edge systems, this kind of as Quantum, Substantial Efficiency Computing and AI, supported by Atos’ solutions, providers and knowledge in these sectors to assist increase Lifetime Sciences discovery and innovation.



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