MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Scientists create first complete H1N1 computer model

Scientists at the Institute of Process Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been successful at producing the first computer simulation of a complete H1N1 influenza virus
The researchers used NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to complete the simulation, which could lead to a better understanding of the virus and eventually enhanced treatments, Daily Tech reports. Until now, studying viruses has been difficult in laboratories because reactions occur too quickly to observe. In addition, creating computer simulations was a difficult task because of the complexity associated with simulating billions of particles in the correct conditions.
Dr. Ying Ren, an assistant professor at the Institute of Process Engineering of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a team of researchers have used the Mole-8.5 GPU-accelerated supercomputer to simulate the entire H1N1 influenza virus.
The Mole-8.5 GPU-accelerated supercomputer contains 288 server nodes and more than 2,200 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. The Tesla GPU is NVIDIA's first dedicated general purpose GPU and targets the high performance computing market due to its elevated computational power.
"The Mole-8.5 GPU supercomputer is enabling us to perform scientific research that was not possible before," Ren said, according to Daily Tech. "This research is an important step in developing more effective ways to control epidemics and create anti-viral drugs."