With the help of Australia’s fastest supercomputer, researchers are using 3D simulation technologies to better understand the most frequent cause of the common cold. Their work is helping to pave the way for the development of new drug therapies.
Supercomputer technology enables us to delve deeper in the mechanisms at play inside a human cell, particularly how drugs work at a molecular level. This work offers exciting opportunities for speeding up the discovery and development of new antiviral treatments and hopefully save many lives around the world.”
— Professor Michael Parker, SVI
The team includes researchers from St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI) and the University of Melbourne as well as computational biologists from IBM and the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI).
The supercomputer being used by the team, the IBM Blue Gene/Q, is ranked currently as Australia’s fastest. It is also, according to the release, “the most powerful supercomputer dedicated to life sciences research in the Southern Hemisphere.”
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