GENCI, CEA, CPU and Atos arm European scientists against COVID19 with HPC facilities

Paris, April 28, 2020 Two of the most impressive supercomputers in France, Joliot-Curie, operated at

Paris, April 28, 2020

Two of the most impressive supercomputers in France, Joliot-Curie, operated at the CEA’s supercomputing middle (TGCC), and Occigen, operated at CPU’s supercomputing middle (CINES), are supplying urgent computing entry to significant computer means to European study groups concerned in the struggle against COVID-19. The aim is to conduct epidemiological experiments of COVID-19 virus distribute, comprehend its molecular construction and habits and massively display and check opportunity upcoming molecules, to accelerate the lookup for an productive vaccine and guidance the world wide struggle against the virus. Equally supercomputers are based mostly on Atos’ BullSequana platform, world wide chief in electronic transformation.

Following only a number of months of GENCI’s COVID 19 fast keep track of entry, GENCI, the French countrywide superior-effectiveness computing agency, announces that there are now extra than 20 scientifically diverse COVID19 projects, working on its three countrywide supercomputers amid which are Joliot-Curie and Occigen, collectively with Jean Zay at IDRIS, with the committed help of guidance groups in these centers.


Joliot-Curie at TGCC

Joliot-Curie, with its 22 petaflop/s, is the most impressive supercomputer in France committed to academic and industrial open study. As aspect of PRACE (Partnership for Superior Computing in Europe), European researchers are relying on Joliot-Curie to run these days a few COVID-19 significant scale projects in the context of the PRACE COVID-19 Rapidly Keep track of contact. A single venture simulates the useful proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus constructed from millions of atoms to comprehend the mechanisms of the virus infection in purchase to develop therapeutics. The other venture works by using computational screening, a effectively-known approach utilised in drug discovery, to determine and increase viral protein inhibitors, molecules which are capable of blocking the SARS-Cov-two protein. This venture could help supporting the development of a therapy to slow down the COVID-19 outbreak.

The very last venture combines the research of the effect of antimalarial drugs on a variety of human coronary heart tempo forms getting into account a variety of comorbidities that may be existing in the infected inhabitants, and also works by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to improved comprehend the sophisticated hemodynamics affiliated with Nord-South Syndrome.

In addition to these PRACE COVID-19 Rapidly Keep track of projects, groups of researchers are carrying out preparatory simulations on priority countrywide allocations of computing potential on the Joliot-Curie supercomputer. For example, researchers from the Grenoble Interdisciplinary Study Institute (IRIG) and the CEA’s Joliot Institute are doing work on the lookup of inhibitors in COVID-19. The SPIKE protein makes it possible for the virus to penetrate the mobile membrane. Thanks to the simulation of the electronic construction of the protein and the affiliated inhibitor, it is doable to give exact information on the toughness of the inhibition but also structural information to determine the amino acids anxious and their affiliated polarities. This first do the job made it doable to validate the tactic and thus to post a fifteen-million-hour venture to PRACE to research the microscopic and thermodynamic factors that may or may not favour the conversation involving the major SARS-CoV-two protease and promising new inhibitors. The aim is to make an ab initio in silico instrument to estimate precisely the conversation properties of proteins interacting with all forms of ligand households.


Occigen at CINES

Amongst the COVID-19 associated projects on Occigen, researchers are working simulations to research the SARS-Cov-two helicase enzymes in further detail, in purchase to improved comprehend the genetic make-up of the virus. It is also getting massively utilised – day-to-day further than 40,000 cores, all around half of the full Occigen’s potential shaped by 86,000 cores for three.5 petaflop/s – with computational screening strategies, to just about check extra than one.5 billion molecules a thousand of which will be synthesized and examined in labs for their ability to inhibit SARS-Cov-two. The scale of this digital screening is unparalleled and is only made doable owing to the computing electricity of the supercomputer.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, said: “We’re proud with the three countrywide centers to be in struggle against COVID-19 and that our impressive supercomputing and AI capabilities are getting utilised by researchers to add to these efforts. We hope that these computational findings from the 20+ projects at the moment working on our methods, will guidance researchers and researchers to comprehend extra about the virus and in the end help develop a therapy to quit this pandemic.”

Pierre Barnabé, Head of General public Sector & Defense and Head of Significant Knowledge & Cybersecurity, Atos, added: “We are honored to guidance individuals researchers and researchers in their do the job to help struggle against COVID-19. By making use of the capacity of our BullSequana supercomputers, which run hundreds of periods quicker than standard computers, we are enabling them to help you save valuable time and supporting uncover a remedy to this pandemic.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Pretty Large Computing Centre (TGCC) and Boris Dintrans, Director of CINES jointly state: “All the TGCC’s and CINES’s guidance groups have been mobilized in a sturdy spirit of solidarity to fulfill the expectations of all customers and in unique these scientific projects in relationship with Covid19.”

Supercomputers have tens of hundreds of processors that do the job collectively to conduct significant calculations, system and evaluate significant amounts of facts making use of AI algorithms. GENCI’s altogether combined supercomputing methods stand for these days extra than forty one petaflop/s of computing potential and 100 petabytes of substantial facts storage.