Simulation One is an Italian distributed computing project developed by Molecular Modelling Group of Università degli Studi, Milan. Since its birth on 23rd Jenuary, currently there is one project in progress with the aim of testing all the functionality and verify which are the best type of simulations suitable for BOINC platform.
The project focuses on the osmoprotection phenomenon. In nature there are small molecules that are able to protect proteins, for example by thermal stress. Thanks to these molecules in nature we can find plants able to survive without water, or bacteria able to survive in extreme environmental conditions. And how is this possible? Answering this question could have a major impact in agriculture, e.g. developing plants that require less water intake. The project uses the most advanced modelling techniques to study, at a molecular level, the action of osmoprotectans.
Simulation One enjoys the physical and moral support of the BOINC.Italy team, the largest Italian team of distributed computing.
The paper authored by the Simulation One partners is titled "Modelling the effect of osmolytes on peptide mechanical unfolding" and appears inChemical Physical Lettersat http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000926141300763X