NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Two researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have been awarded processing time on Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Cray XT supercomputers to simulate complex biological membranes for use in disease studies.
Under the Department of Energy's Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, award, the Sandia researchers will have one million processor hours on ORNL's machines, the Albuquerque, NM, lab said today.
Sandia researchers Mike Heroux and Laura Frink will use the ORNL systems to try to gain knowledge about how diseases penetrate lipid bilayers that could be useful in developing new disease treatments. They will focus on the role of antimicrobial peptides, which "are known under some conditions to be lethal to bacteria, yet under other conditions cause increased membrane permeability," Sandia said.
INCITE awards are selected by DOE's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing.
Sandia is operated by the Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sandia Corporation for the DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration.