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Primeur weekly 2020-03-23

Crowd computing

Crowdsourced supercomputing project sets sights on coronavirus ...

Focus on Europe

LEXIS: novel computing systems at IT4Innovations and Leibniz Rechenzentrum (LRZ) ...

Exscalate4CoV supercomputing platform wins 3 million euro EU funding to hunt for new drugs against coronavirus pandemic ...

Open collaborative infrastructure to tackle public health emergencies ...

AMPERE Project: Strengthening European leadership in energy-efficiency and parallel computing ...

The European Commission offers significant support to Europe's AI excellence ...

Middleware

Atipa Technologies becomes the latest organisation to join the Bright Reseller Programme in North America ...

Hardware

Rittal announces its first HPC Direct Chip Cooling solution with ZutaCore ...

Intel scales neuromorphic research system to 100 million neurons ...

COVID-19 to have significant effect on worldwide semiconductor market in 2020, according to IDC ...

Foundry revenue estimated to grow by 30% YoY in 1Q20, while COVID-19 pandemic may hinder future market demand, according to TrendForce ...

MEGWARE to provide IBM Power in its Benchmark Center ...

Rescale partners with Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure to accelerate the race for COVID-19 vaccine with Cloud supercomputers for researchers ...

Applications

Cadence digital full flow optimized to deliver improved quality of results with up to 3x faster throughput ...

Supercomputers unlock reproductive mysteries of viruses and life ...

RIKEN is exploring the molecular dynamics of the new coronavirus ...

Rensselaer offers AiMOS supercomputing capabilities to battle COVID-19 ...

Scientists discover critical protein that lets COVID-19 virus hide from immune system ...

NVIDIA gives COVID-19 researchers free access to Parabricks ...

Pioneers of modern computer graphics recognized with ACM A.M. Turing Award ...

Data Science Institute alumni use machine learning to discover coronavirus treatments ...

Berkeley lab cosmologists are top contenders in machine learning challenge ...

New satellite-based algorithm pinpoints crop water use ...

Northern Data announces revenue and earnings forecast for 2020 ...

The Cloud

Qumulo offers free Cloud software to help medical and health care research organisations fight the COVID-19 outbreak ...

Crowdsourced supercomputing project sets sights on coronavirus

19 Mar 2020 St.Louis - People around the world are isolating themselves to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But there is another way those confined to their homes - but connected online - can join the fight against the novel coronavirus. Among the research programmes racing to develop therapies and vaccines for this new pandemic virus is one of the largest crowdsourced supercomputing projects in the world.

Led by computational biophysicist Greg Bowman, PhD, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the project is called Folding@home. It relies on the collective power of volunteers' home computers to perform the complex calculations required to simulate protein dynamics.

Volunteers from all over the world can install a software program that runs those calculations when a computer otherwise would sit idle. Often motivated by personal experience with various diseases, the participants get to select an area of contribution, such as boosting cancer research, preventing Alzheimer's disease or - now - fighting the novel coronavirus.

For example, Greg Bowman and his team are trying to understand the structure of COVID-19's spike protein, which is what the virus uses to infect cells. Such research could reveal ways to block the protein and, consequently, infection. Since announcing in late February the project's new focus on coronavirus, the number of Folding@home volunteers has skyrocketed, with some 400.000 new folders joining the effort, Greg Bowman said.

"The response so far has been overwhelming and wonderful, but there is always more useful science to be done", he stated. "Understanding all the various shapes that the spike protein can take on as its molecules bounce and shift can lead to the development of new drugs that can block it, stopping the virus from infecting more cells. We are continuing to scale up our research as fast as we can."

Greg Bowman has shared what could be thought of as a first glimpse of the moving COVID-19 spike protein. It consists of three different proteins that fit together like a 3D puzzle. The simulation reveals a pocket that helps the virus bind to human cells and infect them.

In the spirit of open science and the rapid sharing of new knowledge about COVID-19, Greg Bowman said the research team will publish findings on free and open-access preprint sites, such as bioRxiv.

To join the effort and put your computer to work against coronavirus, you can visit the Folding@Home website.

Crowdsourced supercomputing project sets sights on coronavirus.

Source: Washington University School of Medicine in St.Louis

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Primeur weekly 2020-03-23

Crowd computing

Crowdsourced supercomputing project sets sights on coronavirus ...

Focus on Europe

LEXIS: novel computing systems at IT4Innovations and Leibniz Rechenzentrum (LRZ) ...

Exscalate4CoV supercomputing platform wins 3 million euro EU funding to hunt for new drugs against coronavirus pandemic ...

Open collaborative infrastructure to tackle public health emergencies ...

AMPERE Project: Strengthening European leadership in energy-efficiency and parallel computing ...

The European Commission offers significant support to Europe's AI excellence ...

Middleware

Atipa Technologies becomes the latest organisation to join the Bright Reseller Programme in North America ...

Hardware

Rittal announces its first HPC Direct Chip Cooling solution with ZutaCore ...

Intel scales neuromorphic research system to 100 million neurons ...

COVID-19 to have significant effect on worldwide semiconductor market in 2020, according to IDC ...

Foundry revenue estimated to grow by 30% YoY in 1Q20, while COVID-19 pandemic may hinder future market demand, according to TrendForce ...

MEGWARE to provide IBM Power in its Benchmark Center ...

Rescale partners with Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure to accelerate the race for COVID-19 vaccine with Cloud supercomputers for researchers ...

Applications

Cadence digital full flow optimized to deliver improved quality of results with up to 3x faster throughput ...

Supercomputers unlock reproductive mysteries of viruses and life ...

RIKEN is exploring the molecular dynamics of the new coronavirus ...

Rensselaer offers AiMOS supercomputing capabilities to battle COVID-19 ...

Scientists discover critical protein that lets COVID-19 virus hide from immune system ...

NVIDIA gives COVID-19 researchers free access to Parabricks ...

Pioneers of modern computer graphics recognized with ACM A.M. Turing Award ...

Data Science Institute alumni use machine learning to discover coronavirus treatments ...

Berkeley lab cosmologists are top contenders in machine learning challenge ...

New satellite-based algorithm pinpoints crop water use ...

Northern Data announces revenue and earnings forecast for 2020 ...

The Cloud

Qumulo offers free Cloud software to help medical and health care research organisations fight the COVID-19 outbreak ...