Skip to main content

IBM, Accelrys Participate in Grid Project for Smallpox Research

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 - IBM and Accelrys have partnered with United Devices to provide informatics technologies for a project that will use use grid technology to uncover treatments for smallpox.

 

The effort is similar to the [email protected] project, in which idle personal computers are linked so that their dormant processors can be combined to work on the problem.

 

IBM will provide the infrastructure with its eServer p690s. Meantime, IBM's DB2 software, which the p690s will run, will handle 15 million SQL queries per day from about 2 million PCs. Accelrys is providing life-sciences software. United Devices, a grid computing company, is coordinating the project.

 

Results from the collaboration, called the Smallpox Research Grid Project, will be delivered to the US Department of Defense. Individuals can participate by visiting www.grid.org.  

 

Additional participants include: Evotec, which has provided its drug modeling expertise to identify and define active sites; the University of Oxford, assisted by researchers at Essex University and the Robarts Research Institute, has prepared the targets that will used with Accelrys' LigandFit, and has contributed its large molecular library to the project; and the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

 

Click here for more information.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.