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Accelrys, IBM, United Devices, and Friends Wrap up Smallpox Grid Project

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (GenomeWeb News) - Accelrys, IBM, and United Devices took the stage with a number of technology and research partners today to deliver the results of the Smallpox Research Grid project to representatives from the United States Department of Defense in an event hosted by the British Embassy in Washington, DC.


The project, which the collaborators began in February, used distributed computing to screen thirty-five million potential drug molecules against nine models of the smallpox protein.


Volunteers from over 190 countries donated spare CPU power to the project to contribute over 39,000 years of computing time in less than six months, according to the project partners.


Preliminary results "have dramatically narrowed the field of molecules that can be considered lead candidates for the next phase of research," according to the partners.


Further details on the preliminary results were not provided.


United Devices, a distributed computing software vendor, coordinated the project, which was funded by the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. IBM contributed a computing infrastructure based on eServer p690s and its DB2 database management software, and Accelrys provided its LigandFit docking software. Additional participants included Evotec OAI, the University of Oxford, Robarts Research Institute, the University of Western Ontario, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Essex University.

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