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

Paris, July 9, 2020

Atos, a worldwide leader in electronic transformation, announce that the Biocomputing Device at the Spanish National Center for Biotechnology (CNB), section of the Spanish National Exploration Council (CSIC), is applying Atos’ supercomputing resource to develop a refined 3D product of the SARS-Cov2 spike protein. By realizing extra detail about the composition of this protein, which is the one particular that the virus uses to enter human cells, scientists can better fully grasp how the virus initiates infection. This essential stage ahead could assistance in the enhancement of a vaccine.

The product, made at the Biocomputing Device of CNB-CSIC applying 3D cryoelectron microscopy, a complex structural procedure, will enable scientists and experts to visualize not only the spike glycoprotein but also other SARS-Cov2 proteins. It has been created readily available to all scientific scientists across the environment doing the job on the virus.

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

Professor JM Carazo of CNB, reported: “We’re really very pleased that we have been equipped to make this essential stage ahead in the structural understanding of the viral glycoprotein, which is thanks in section to the acceleration presented by our strong supercomputers. Now the scientific neighborhood around the world can obtain a mass of structural information around SARS-Cov-2, so we can work together to assistance make this invisible enemy obvious.”

 Dr Natalia Jimenez, Atos’ HPC, AI and Quantum Existence Sciences Center of Excellence Director added: “We’re honored to be equipped to supply these scientists the extraordinary computing energy required to assistance them get outcomes more quickly. By combining investigate abilities with our technological abilities and experience, we’re equipped to develop precious resources that will assistance help the worldwide combat from the virus.

The HPC resource features Atos’ BullSequana X supercomputer, primarily based at the CNB-CSIC in Madrid, in addition supplemental compute abilities and obtain to Atos industry experts at Atos’ new worldwide HPC, AI & Quantum Existence Sciences Center of Excellence. CNB-CSIC is one particular of the 1st investigate institutes to use this new centre, which provides scientists with obtain to top-edge technologies, these as Quantum, High General performance Computing and AI, supported by Atos’ items, products and services and abilities in these sectors to assistance enhance Existence Sciences discovery and innovation.



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