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

Paris, July nine, 2020

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, announce that the Biocomputing Unit at the Spanish Nationwide Middle for Biotechnology (CNB), component of the Spanish Nationwide Study Council (CSIC), is working with Atos’ supercomputing useful resource to make a refined 3D design of the SARS-Cov2 spike protein. By recognizing additional detail about the construction of this protein, which is the a single that the virus uses to enter human cells, researchers can improved realize how the virus initiates infection. This significant action forward could support in the improvement of a vaccine.

The design, created at the Biocomputing Unit of CNB-CSIC working with 3D cryoelectron microscopy, a complex structural method, will empower researchers and experts to visualize not only the spike glycoprotein but also other SARS-Cov2 proteins. It has been manufactured readily available to all scientific researchers across the globe doing work on the virus.

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

Professor JM Carazo of CNB, claimed: “We’re seriously very pleased that we have been equipped to make this significant action forward in the structural comprehension of the viral glycoprotein, which is thanks in component to the acceleration supplied by our impressive supercomputers. Now the scientific local community around the globe can entry a mass of structural knowledge around SARS-Cov-2, so we can work jointly to support make this invisible enemy visible.”

 Dr Natalia Jimenez, Atos’ HPC, AI and Quantum Life Sciences Middle of Excellence Director added: “We’re honored to be equipped to offer these researchers the exceptional computing energy required to support them get success quicker. By combining analysis skills with our technological skills and working experience, we’re equipped to develop worthwhile means that will support support the global battle versus the virus.

The HPC useful resource consists of Atos’ BullSequana X supercomputer, based mostly at the CNB-CSIC in Madrid, moreover further compute capabilities and entry to Atos industry experts at Atos’ new global HPC, AI & Quantum Life Sciences Middle of Excellence. CNB-CSIC is a single of the to start with analysis institutes to use this new centre, which offers researchers with entry to foremost-edge technologies, this kind of as Quantum, High Efficiency Computing and AI, supported by Atos’ goods, services and skills in these sectors to support enhance Life Sciences discovery and innovation.



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