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

Paris, June seventeen, 2020

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

ROMEO is becoming utilised as element of the HT-Covid software, initiated by Reims Molecular Chemistry Institute (ICMR), joint study unit URCA/CNRS, and chosen by the French National Research Agency (ANR) to take part in the combat against Covid-19. Established up in just one week, this huge-scale multi-disciplinary virtual screening challenge aims to identify, above the subsequent eighteen months, molecules that could inhibit the SARS CoV-2 virus.

ROMEO’s computing energy allows scientists performing on this challenge to exam 1000’s of molecules for every day. Based mostly on the 3D structure of the molecule and the target protein, ROMEO is able to simulate at higher-speed the action that the molecule could have on the protein, and thereby identify which molecules would be able to bind to the target protein. These potential ‘candidates’ will then be synthesized, purified and analyzed beneath ‘real conditions’.

With ROMEO, GENCI’s supercomputer put in at CINES (National Pc Centre for Greater Education and learning) and that of the IN2P3 Computing Centre of the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), scientists have already succeeded in screening practically more than 1.5 billion molecules.

Guillaume Gellé President of URCA, claimed: “We’re very pleased to be element of this study challenge to help help the world combat against COVID-19.  With ROMEO’s extensive computing energy scientists have already been able to exam concerning two hundred,000 and 300,000 molecules. We hope that these success coupled with the virus expertise of biologists and medical professionals will direct to the growth of a procedure that will gradual the unfold of the epidemic.”

 Helene Bringer, Director Large Information & HPC at Atos in France, additional: “These supercomputers mixed have tens of 1000’s of processors that operate alongside one another to carry out intricate calculations and method and analyze huge quantities of data utilizing AI algorithms. We’re very pleased that our BullSequana supercomputer, ROMEO, can contribute to the discovery of a remedy for this pandemic by preserving precious time for scientists and scientists.”

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


About Atos

Atos is a world leader in digital transformation with a hundred and ten,000 personnel in 73 countries and annual earnings of € twelve billion. European variety one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Higher-Efficiency Computing, the Group presents conclusion-to-conclusion Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Large Information, Organization Applications and Digital Place of work solutions. The Group is the Globally Information Technologies Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Video games and operates beneath the models Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), mentioned on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.

The objective of Atos is to help structure the long term of the facts area. Its knowledge and providers help the growth of expertise, training and study in a multicultural method and contribute to the growth of scientific and technological excellence. Across the earth, the Group allows its prospects and personnel, and associates of societies at huge to live, operate and create sustainably, in a safe and sound and safe facts area.

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About URCA

The College of Reims Champagne-Ardenne is acquiring a scientific challenge all over 4 big centres with solid scientific knowledge. A multidisciplinary centre with an worldwide dimension in agro-sciences, environment, biotechnologies and bio-economic climate, having into account, in a area with a solid agricultural and wine-developing economic climate, the agriculture of the long term a Health centre, featuring scientific niches of excellence and a loaded and varied vary of medical and paramedical training a digital and engineering sciences centre concentrating on higher-performance computing and market 4. market, products and technological transformations and a Human and Social Sciences cluster with, in unique, the growth of a new target on the accomplishing arts federated by the development of a Maison des Sciences Humaines. It provides an eye-catching multidisciplinary training offer that satisfies latest and long term socio-financial demands and aims to carry pupils to the highest stage of training.

The College of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in figures: 27,five hundred pupils, 2,five hundred team, fifth biggest employer in Champagne-Ardenne, 30 study laboratories, 14 components, more than 120 diplomas. – @universitereims


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