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

Paris, June seventeen, 2020

Atos, a world leader in electronic transformation, today announces that the College of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA)’s supercomputer, named ROMEO, is now staying utilised to look for for new molecules able of neutralizing the virus that leads to COVID-19. The supercomputer is based on Atos’ BullSequana architecture.

ROMEO is staying utilised as element of the HT-Covid application, initiated by Reims Molecular Chemistry Institute (ICMR), joint analysis unit URCA/CNRS, and chosen by the French Nationwide Exploration Company (ANR) to take part in the combat from Covid-19. Established up in just just one week, this massive-scale multi-disciplinary virtual screening task aims to determine, more than the future eighteen months, molecules that could inhibit the SARS CoV-2 virus.

ROMEO’s computing energy enables scientists working on this task to check countless numbers of molecules for each day. Based mostly on the 3D construction of the molecule and the goal protein, ROMEO is in a position to simulate at superior-speed the motion that the molecule could have on the protein, and thus determine which molecules would be in a position to bind to the goal protein. These potential ‘candidates’ will then be synthesized, purified and analyzed under ‘real conditions’.

With ROMEO, GENCI’s supercomputer set up at CINES (Nationwide Pc Center for Larger Education and learning) and that of the IN2P3 Computing Centre of the CNRS (French Nationwide Centre for Scientific Exploration), scientists have presently succeeded in screening practically far more than 1.five billion molecules.

Guillaume Gellé President of URCA, claimed: “We’re proud to be element of this analysis task to help help the world combat from COVID-19.  With ROMEO’s large computing energy scientists have presently been in a position to check involving 200,000 and three hundred,000 molecules. We hope that these effects coupled with the virus know-how of biologists and physicians will direct to the improvement of a treatment method that will sluggish the spread of the epidemic.”

 Helene Bringer, Director Major Information & HPC at Atos in France, included: “These supercomputers merged have tens of countless numbers of processors that do the job alongside one another to conduct advanced calculations and procedure and examine massive amounts of knowledge utilizing AI algorithms. We’re proud that our BullSequana supercomputer, ROMEO, can add to the discovery of a heal for this pandemic by preserving important time for scientists and experts.”

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


About Atos

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About URCA

The College of Reims Champagne-Ardenne is developing a scientific task all-around four big centres with powerful scientific experience. A multidisciplinary centre with an intercontinental dimension in agro-sciences, ecosystem, biotechnologies and bio-economic climate, having into account, in a region with a powerful agricultural and wine-creating economic climate, the agriculture of the foreseeable future a Wellbeing centre, presenting scientific niches of excellence and a loaded and different array of health care and paramedical training a electronic and engineering sciences centre concentrating on superior-effectiveness computing and marketplace four. marketplace, resources and technological transformations and a Human and Social Sciences cluster with, in individual, the improvement of a new target on the carrying out arts federated by the generation of a Maison des Sciences Humaines. It offers an interesting multidisciplinary training supply that satisfies present-day and foreseeable future socio-economic requirements and aims to convey pupils to the greatest degree of education and learning.

The College of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in figures: 27,500 pupils, 2,500 employees, fifth biggest employer in Champagne-Ardenne, thirty analysis laboratories, fourteen elements, far more than one hundred twenty diplomas. – @universitereims


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