GENCI, CEA, CPU and Atos arm European scientists against COVID19 with HPC facilities

Paris, April 28, 2020

Two of the most impressive supercomputers in France, Joliot-Curie, operated at the CEA’s supercomputing centre (TGCC), and Occigen, operated at CPU’s supercomputing centre (CINES), are supplying urgent computing obtain to big computer system means to European analysis groups included in the fight versus COVID-19. The aim is to carry out epidemiological reports of COVID-19 virus spread, comprehend its molecular composition and habits and massively screen and exam potential long term molecules, to speed up the lookup for an helpful vaccine and aid the worldwide fight versus the virus. The two supercomputers are dependent on Atos’ BullSequana platform, worldwide chief in electronic transformation.

Just after only a couple of weeks of GENCI’s COVID 19 quickly keep track of obtain, GENCI, the French nationwide large-effectiveness computing agency, announces that there are now extra than 20 scientifically diverse COVID19 tasks, working on its 3 nationwide supercomputers between which are Joliot-Curie and Occigen, jointly with Jean Zay at IDRIS, with the committed help of aid groups in these facilities.


Joliot-Curie at TGCC

Joliot-Curie, with its 22 petaflop/s, is the most impressive supercomputer in France committed to academic and industrial open analysis. As part of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), European researchers are relying on Joliot-Curie to operate today a few COVID-19 big scale tasks in the context of the PRACE COVID-19 Quick Observe contact. Just one undertaking simulates the practical proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus designed from millions of atoms to comprehend the mechanisms of the virus infection in purchase to produce therapeutics. The other undertaking utilizes computational screening, a effectively-acknowledged approach made use of in drug discovery, to detect and improve viral protein inhibitors, molecules which are capable of blocking the SARS-Cov-2 protein. This undertaking could help supporting the enhancement of a treatment to sluggish down the COVID-19 outbreak.

The previous undertaking brings together the review of the influence of antimalarial medicine on various human coronary heart pace forms using into account a range of comorbidities that could be existing in the infected inhabitants, and also utilizes computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to much better comprehend the complex hemodynamics connected with Nord-South Syndrome.

In addition to these PRACE COVID-19 Quick Observe tasks, groups of researchers are carrying out preparatory simulations on priority nationwide allocations of computing ability on the Joliot-Curie supercomputer. For case in point, researchers from the Grenoble Interdisciplinary Investigate Institute (IRIG) and the CEA’s Joliot Institute are doing work on the lookup of inhibitors in COVID-19. The SPIKE protein makes it possible for the virus to penetrate the mobile membrane. Thanks to the simulation of the digital composition of the protein and the connected inhibitor, it is doable to give exact details on the toughness of the inhibition but also structural details to detect the amino acids worried and their connected polarities. This original function designed it doable to validate the solution and consequently to submit a fifteen-million-hour undertaking to PRACE to review the microscopic and thermodynamic elements that could or could not favour the interaction concerning the major SARS-CoV-2 protease and promising new inhibitors. The aim is to develop an ab initio in silico resource to estimate precisely the interaction qualities of proteins interacting with all forms of ligand households.


Occigen at CINES

Amongst the COVID-19 connected tasks on Occigen, researchers are working simulations to review the SARS-Cov-2 helicase enzymes in additional depth, in purchase to much better comprehend the genetic make-up of the virus. It is also remaining massively made use of – every day outside of forty,000 cores, all over half of the complete Occigen’s ability shaped by 86,000 cores for 3.five petaflop/s – with computational screening solutions, to nearly exam extra than one.five billion molecules a thousand of which will be synthesized and examined in labs for their capacity to inhibit SARS-Cov-2. The scale of this virtual tests is unprecedented and is only designed doable because of to the computing ability of the supercomputer.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, mentioned: “We’re very pleased with the 3 nationwide facilities to be in fight versus COVID-19 and that our impressive supercomputing and AI capabilities are remaining made use of by researchers to contribute to these initiatives. We hope that these computational findings from the 20+ tasks currently working on our methods, will aid researchers and researchers to comprehend extra about the virus and ultimately help produce a treatment to halt this pandemic.”

Pierre Barnabé, Head of Public Sector & Protection and Head of Large Facts & Cybersecurity, Atos, extra: “We are honored to aid all those researchers and researchers in their function to help fight versus COVID-19. By working with the ability of our BullSequana supercomputers, which operate thousands of instances more quickly than regular personal computers, we are enabling them to preserve precious time and aiding locate a heal to this pandemic.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Really Substantial Computing Centre (TGCC) and Boris Dintrans, Director of CINES jointly state: “All the TGCC’s and CINES’s aid groups have been mobilized in a potent spirit of solidarity to meet up with the expectations of all customers and in certain these scientific tasks in relationship with Covid19.”

Supercomputers have tens of thousands of processors that function jointly to carry out big calculations, approach and examine big amounts of data working with AI algorithms. GENCI’s completely put together supercomputing methods symbolize today extra than forty one petaflop/s of computing ability and one hundred petabytes of huge data storage.