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

Paris, July nine, 2020

Atos, a world wide leader in digital transformation, announce that the Biocomputing Unit at the Spanish Nationwide Centre for Biotechnology (CNB), portion of the Spanish Nationwide Research Council (CSIC), is applying Atos’ supercomputing source to create a refined 3D design of the SARS-Cov2 spike protein. By being aware of additional element about the framework of this protein, which is the just one that the virus works by using to enter human cells, scientists can greater recognize how the virus initiates infection. This significant action forward may well support in the development of a vaccine.

The design, produced at the Biocomputing Unit of CNB-CSIC applying 3D cryoelectron microscopy, a intricate structural approach, will permit scientists and scientists to visualize not only the spike glycoprotein but also other SARS-Cov2 proteins. It has been built out there to all scientific scientists across the planet doing the job on the virus.

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

Professor JM Carazo of CNB, said: “We’re truly very pleased that we have been equipped to make this significant action forward in the structural comprehension of the viral glycoprotein, which is because of in portion to the acceleration provided by our highly effective supercomputers. Now the scientific group all over the world can obtain a mass of structural awareness around SARS-Cov-two, so we can work alongside one another to support make this invisible enemy visible.”

 Dr Natalia Jimenez, Atos’ HPC, AI and Quantum Life Sciences Centre of Excellence Director extra: “We’re honored to be equipped to present these scientists the exceptional computing electrical power required to support them get final results faster. By combining exploration skills with our technological skills and practical experience, we’re equipped to acquire valuable means that will support help the world wide struggle in opposition to the virus.

The HPC source consists of Atos’ BullSequana X supercomputer, centered at the CNB-CSIC in Madrid, plus further compute capabilities and obtain to Atos professionals at Atos’ new world wide HPC, AI & Quantum Life Sciences Centre of Excellence. CNB-CSIC is just one of the to start with exploration institutes to use this new centre, which delivers scientists with obtain to primary-edge systems, this kind of as Quantum, Substantial Effectiveness Computing and AI, supported by Atos’ products and solutions, solutions and skills in these sectors to support increase Life Sciences discovery and innovation.



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