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Simulating protein dynamics to hunt for new therapeutic opportunities

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21 September 2020 - ARCTIC PACER  project
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CYNIC, one of the projects participating in the ERNACT led clustering project ARCTIC PACER, is using their lab to help in the Folding@Home project to simulating protein dynamics to hunt for new therapeutic opportunities, and toward a potent, patent-free drug.

Martin Lundgren | Sweden

The Instance Lab was designed and built to help educate and simulate various information and cyber-security related challenges. However, due to the novel COVID-19 virus, company visits and workshops have become difficult to conduct. But, rather than having the Instance Lab’s computer equipment stand idle, some of it has been put to good use—by joining Folding@Home.

Currently based at Washington University in St. Louis, Folding@Home is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics. The project consists of volunteers who aid researchers in performing otherwise computationally costly atomic-level simulations of protein dynamics—much like a crowdsourced supercomputer. When not being in use, CYNIC has assigned some of its computing power provided by the Instance Lab to help simulate dynamics of COVID-19 proteins in the hunt for new therapeutic opportunities, and toward a potent, patent-free drug.

Together with over a million other volunteers, Cynic is helping the Folding@home distributed computing project. An effort that, by April 12 this year, managed to reach an impressive 2.43 exaflops in total computing power. Making it the world’s first exaflop computing system, and one of the world’s fastest computing systems.

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Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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