A research team for the Department of Energyâ€™s COVID-19 disease analysis initiative has deployed IBMâ€™s Summit high-performance computing platform to support virus behavior modeling and simulation activities.
Dave Turek, vice president of technical computing at IBMâ€™s cognitive systems arm, wrote in a blog post that Summit enabled researchers to simulate the COVID-19 infection process and visualize the virusâ€™s binding to compounds, medications and host cells.
According to Jeremy Smith, director of the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Molecular Biophysics, said the team hopes that their computational findings will â€œinform future studies and provide a frameworkâ€ for investigating compounds that may help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
According to Turek, Summit has previously supported other research efforts involving opioid addiction and potential human landing on Mars.
IBM has another supercomputer called Sierra housed at DOEâ€™s Lawrence Livermore National Labs in California.