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University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA) uses Atos supercomputer to accelerate research against COVID-19

Paris, June 17, 2020

Atos, a international chief in electronic transformation, today announces that the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA)’s supercomputer, named ROMEO, is now staying applied to lookup for new molecules able of neutralizing the virus that will cause COVID-19. The supercomputer is based mostly on Atos’ BullSequana architecture.

ROMEO is staying applied as portion of the HT-Covid system, initiated by Reims Molecular Chemistry Institute (ICMR), joint investigation device URCA/CNRS, and chosen by the French Countrywide Research Company (ANR) to participate in the fight against Covid-19. Established up in just 1 week, this significant-scale multi-disciplinary digital screening job aims to recognize, above the up coming eighteen months, molecules that could inhibit the SARS CoV-two virus.

ROMEO’s computing energy allows scientists functioning on this job to check 1000’s of molecules for each working day. Primarily based on the 3D composition of the molecule and the focus on protein, ROMEO is ready to simulate at large-speed the action that the molecule could have on the protein, and therefore recognize which molecules would be ready to bind to the focus on protein. These likely ‘candidates’ will then be synthesized, purified and analyzed less than ‘real conditions’.

With ROMEO, GENCI’s supercomputer installed at CINES (Countrywide Computer system Centre for Increased Training) and that of the IN2P3 Computing Centre of the CNRS (French Countrywide Centre for Scientific Research), scientists have previously succeeded in screening nearly far more than one.five billion molecules.

Guillaume Gellé President of URCA, claimed: “We’re happy to be portion of this investigation job to enable assistance the international fight against COVID-19.  With ROMEO’s wide computing energy scientists have previously been ready to check between 200,000 and 300,000 molecules. We hope that these effects coupled with the virus expertise of biologists and physicians will lead to the advancement of a treatment method that will slow the distribute of the epidemic.”

 Helene Bringer, Director Significant Information & HPC at Atos in France, added: “These supercomputers combined have tens of 1000’s of processors that get the job done alongside one another to conduct elaborate calculations and approach and review significant amounts of info employing AI algorithms. We’re happy that our BullSequana supercomputer, ROMEO, can add to the discovery of a cure for this pandemic by saving valuable time for scientists and experts.”

 The HT-Covid job is funded by the (CNRS) and the Grand Est (departmental region in the east of France).


About Atos

Atos is a international chief in electronic transformation with one hundred ten,000 staff in 73 nations and yearly earnings of € twelve billion. European range 1 in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Large-Functionality Computing, the Team presents stop-to-stop Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Significant Information, Business enterprise Programs and Digital Place of work methods. The Team is the Throughout the world Details Technological innovation Associate for the Olympic & Paralympic Video games and operates less than the manufacturers Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), stated on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The reason of Atos is to enable structure the potential of the information and facts space. Its abilities and products and services assistance the advancement of expertise, training and investigation in a multicultural solution and add to the advancement of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the planet, the Team allows its clients and staff, and members of societies at significant to stay, get the job done and produce sustainably, in a harmless and protected information and facts space.

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About URCA

The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne is acquiring a scientific job about four big centres with potent scientific abilities. A multidisciplinary centre with an worldwide dimension in agro-sciences, atmosphere, biotechnologies and bio-overall economy, having into account, in a region with a potent agricultural and wine-producing overall economy, the agriculture of the potential a Health centre, giving scientific niches of excellence and a loaded and diverse array of professional medical and paramedical schooling a electronic and engineering sciences centre concentrating on large-overall performance computing and industry four. industry, resources and technological transformations and a Human and Social Sciences cluster with, in individual, the advancement of a new concentration on the carrying out arts federated by the generation of a Maison des Sciences Humaines. It provides an interesting multidisciplinary schooling provide that meets present-day and potential socio-economic requires and aims to convey college students to the greatest stage of training.

The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in figures: 27,five hundred college students, two,five hundred workers, 5th premier employer in Champagne-Ardenne, thirty investigation laboratories, 14 parts, far more than one hundred twenty diplomas.

www.univ-reims.fr – @universitereims


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