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

Paris, June 17, 2020

Atos, a international leader in digital transformation, today announces that the College of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA)’s supercomputer, named ROMEO, is now getting utilized to research for new molecules capable of neutralizing the virus that brings about COVID-19. The supercomputer is based on Atos’ BullSequana architecture.

ROMEO is getting utilized as part of the HT-Covid program, initiated by Reims Molecular Chemistry Institute (ICMR), joint research unit URCA/CNRS, and chosen by the French Nationwide Exploration Company (ANR) to take part in the combat versus Covid-19. Established up in just one week, this significant-scale multi-disciplinary virtual screening project aims to determine, above the subsequent 18 months, molecules that could inhibit the SARS CoV-2 virus.

ROMEO’s computing electric power enables scientists doing work on this project to check 1000’s of molecules for each day. Dependent on the 3D structure of the molecule and the concentrate on protein, ROMEO is equipped to simulate at large-velocity the motion that the molecule could have on the protein, and thereby determine which molecules would be equipped to bind to the concentrate on protein. These likely ‘candidates’ will then be synthesized, purified and tested beneath ‘real conditions’.

With ROMEO, GENCI’s supercomputer installed at CINES (Nationwide Laptop Center for Better Training) and that of the IN2P3 Computing Centre of the CNRS (French Nationwide Centre for Scientific Exploration), scientists have previously succeeded in screening pretty much extra than one.five billion molecules.

Guillaume Gellé President of URCA, claimed: “We’re very pleased to be part of this research project to enable help the international combat versus COVID-19.  With ROMEO’s wide computing electric power scientists have previously been equipped to check among 200,000 and three hundred,000 molecules. We hope that these outcomes coupled with the virus expertise of biologists and medical professionals will direct to the improvement of a treatment method that will sluggish the unfold of the epidemic.”

 Helene Bringer, Director Massive Details & HPC at Atos in France, included: “These supercomputers combined have tens of 1000’s of processors that operate jointly to accomplish elaborate calculations and process and assess significant amounts of info applying AI algorithms. We’re very pleased that our BullSequana supercomputer, ROMEO, can add to the discovery of a remedy for this pandemic by conserving valuable time for scientists and experts.”

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


About Atos

Atos is a international leader in digital transformation with 110,000 personnel in 73 nations around the world and annual earnings of € twelve billion. European amount one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Substantial-Effectiveness Computing, the Group supplies conclusion-to-conclusion Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Massive Details, Business enterprise Apps and Digital Office answers. The Group is the Throughout the world Details Technologies Husband or wife for the Olympic & Paralympic Video games and operates beneath the brand names Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), mentioned on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The goal of Atos is to enable design and style the upcoming of the info space. Its expertise and solutions help the improvement of expertise, schooling and research in a multicultural method and add to the improvement of scientific and technological excellence. Across the earth, the Group enables its consumers and personnel, and users of societies at significant to are living, operate and produce sustainably, in a risk-free and protected info space.

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About URCA

The College of Reims Champagne-Ardenne is developing a scientific project all-around four key centres with solid scientific expertise. A multidisciplinary centre with an worldwide dimension in agro-sciences, environment, biotechnologies and bio-financial system, having into account, in a location with a solid agricultural and wine-producing financial system, the agriculture of the upcoming a Well being centre, offering scientific niches of excellence and a loaded and different assortment of clinical and paramedical teaching a digital and engineering sciences centre concentrating on large-performance computing and marketplace four. marketplace, materials and technological transformations and a Human and Social Sciences cluster with, in unique, the improvement of a new aim on the accomplishing arts federated by the creation of a Maison des Sciences Humaines. It presents an appealing multidisciplinary teaching offer you that satisfies current and upcoming socio-financial demands and aims to deliver learners to the greatest stage of schooling.

The College of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in figures: 27,five hundred learners, 2,five hundred employees, 5th greatest employer in Champagne-Ardenne, 30 research laboratories, fourteen components, extra than one hundred twenty diplomas. – @universitereims


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