Health: pollutants scrutinized with HPC simulations on GENCI's Occigen supercomputer
2 Oct 2015 - Cellular membranes regulate the exchanges between inside and outside the cell, and therefore play an essential role in numerous biological processes, but they are very difficult to approach experimentally. The use of numerical simulation, in particular of molecular dynamic simulations, allows scientists to progressively uncover the mystery. This is what Luca Monticelli, researcher at Inserm, and his team have achieved when studying the impact of various pollutants on model membranes. Model membranes are simpler than real cellular membranes but still capable of reproducing many aspects of their real functioning. in 2015, the simulations ran on GENCIs Occigen supercomputer, with an allocation of 2.7 million core hours.