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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 chief in electronic transformation, announce that the Biocomputing Unit at the Spanish Countrywide Middle for Biotechnology (CNB), part of the Spanish Countrywide Research Council (CSIC), is applying Atos’ supercomputing resource to deliver a refined 3D model of the SARS-Cov2 spike protein. By figuring out additional element about the construction of this protein, which is the one particular that the virus takes advantage of to enter human cells, scientists can improved recognize how the virus initiates an infection. This critical stage ahead could assistance in the progress of a vaccine.

The model, created at the Biocomputing Unit of CNB-CSIC applying 3D cryoelectron microscopy, a difficult structural strategy, will help scientists and researchers to visualize not only the spike glycoprotein but also other SARS-Cov2 proteins. It has been manufactured readily available to all scientific scientists across the earth doing the job on the virus.

Picture: Refined 3D model of the SARS-Cov2 spike protein

Professor JM Carazo of CNB, mentioned: “We’re definitely very pleased that we have been in a position to make this critical stage ahead in the structural comprehension of the viral glycoprotein, which is due in part to the acceleration offered by our strong supercomputers. Now the scientific group all over the world can entry a mass of structural knowledge all around SARS-Cov-two, so we can operate jointly to assistance make this invisible enemy visible.”

 Dr Natalia Jimenez, Atos’ HPC, AI and Quantum Lifestyle Sciences Middle of Excellence Director extra: “We’re honored to be in a position to provide these scientists the extraordinary computing power needed to assistance them get benefits faster. By combining analysis expertise with our technological expertise and knowledge, we’re in a position to produce useful methods that will assistance guidance the global fight in opposition to the virus.

The HPC resource involves Atos’ BullSequana X supercomputer, based mostly at the CNB-CSIC in Madrid, moreover added compute capabilities and entry to Atos specialists at Atos’ new global HPC, AI & Quantum Lifestyle Sciences Middle of Excellence. CNB-CSIC is one particular of the 1st analysis institutes to use this new centre, which presents scientists with entry to major-edge technologies, these kinds of as Quantum, Large General performance Computing and AI, supported by Atos’ solutions, solutions and expertise in these sectors to assistance enhance Lifestyle Sciences discovery and innovation.

 

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Atos is a global chief in electronic transformation with 110,000 workers in seventy three nations around the world and once-a-year income of € twelve billion. European amount one particular in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Large-General performance Computing, the Team presents conclude-to-conclude Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Significant Information, Organization Apps and Electronic Workplace solutions. The Team is the Throughout the world Details Technological know-how Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Video games and operates beneath the manufacturers Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), outlined on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.

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