2 billion calculations per second U.S. enables TOP500’s strongest supercomputing search for new coronavirus drugs

COVID-19 The new coronavirus currently has no specific drugs, the world is stepping up research and development of corresponding drugs and vaccines. To speed up drug development, the U.S. has launched the world’s strongest supercomputing Summit, with floating-point performance of up to 2 billion times per second. Summit Supercomputing is located in Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, completed at the end of 2017, from the first half of 2018 has been ranked top of top 500 super-calculation, ending China’s Tianhe 2 / Taihu Light Supercomputing to maintain the 10 consecutive titles, no matter what this year’s two TOP500 champion or it.

2 billion calculations per second U.S. enables TOP500's strongest supercomputing search for new coronavirus drugs

Summit Supercomputing uses the IBM Power 9 processor and NVIDIA’s Tesla V100 acceleration card, 2 sets of 22-core Power 9 processors per node and 6 sets of Tesla V100 acceleration cards, single-node performance 42TFLOPS, Peak floating-point performance is 200PFLOPS (2 billion times), and Linpack performance is also 143PFLOPS.

Molecular dynamics is the most powerful study in the field of overcomputing applications, after Summit Supercomputing, which has also been used by researchers to simulate the response of new coronaviruses to different compounds, has also been used to simulate the effects of Alzheimer’s and opioid addiction.

The study has reportedly conducted simulationtests on more than 8,000 substances that may bind to viral proteins, and Summit over-selected 77 potentially useful compounds and sorted them according to the test results.

But over-calculation test results are still only a reference, and it will be a complex process to truly determine whether a drug is effective.

2 billion calculations per second U.S. enables TOP500's strongest supercomputing search for new coronavirus drugs