March 11 (UPI) — IBM’s Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer, has joined the fight against a new coronavirus outbreak to help screen compounds that develop potential drugs,media reported. Summit simulated more than 8,000 compounds to screen those most likely to bind to the new coronavirus “protrusion” protein, making it impossible to infect host cells.
The researchers identified 77 small molecular drug compounds that may merit further research to help fight the new coronavirus.
“The results don’t mean that we’ve found a cure or a way to cure or prevent new coronaviruses, but our results will provide more information and framework for future research that will be used by the experimenters to further study these compounds,” said Michaels Smith, a researcher at the University of Tennessee. Only then will we know if they have a function that can treat the virus. “
With peak performance of 200 petaflops, Summit is the world’s fastest supercomputer and is installed in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with the primary task of helping to address major challenges in energy, advanced materials, human health and AI.