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Paris, June seventeen, 2020

Atos, a world chief in digital transformation, currently announces that the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA)’s supercomputer, named ROMEO, is now currently being applied to lookup for new molecules able of neutralizing the virus that results in COVID-19. The supercomputer is centered on Atos’ BullSequana architecture.

ROMEO is currently being applied as aspect of the HT-Covid application, initiated by Reims Molecular Chemistry Institute (ICMR), joint research device URCA/CNRS, and chosen by the French Countrywide Research Agency (ANR) to take part in the combat against Covid-19. Established up in just just one week, this huge-scale multi-disciplinary virtual screening undertaking aims to discover, in excess of the subsequent eighteen months, molecules that could inhibit the SARS CoV-2 virus.

ROMEO’s computing electric power permits scientists performing on this undertaking to test hundreds of molecules for each working day. Dependent on the 3D structure of the molecule and the focus on protein, ROMEO is equipped to simulate at superior-speed the motion that the molecule could have on the protein, and thus discover which molecules would be equipped to bind to the focus on protein. These opportunity ‘candidates’ will then be synthesized, purified and examined underneath ‘real conditions’.

With ROMEO, GENCI’s supercomputer mounted at CINES (Countrywide Computer Heart for Higher Education) and that of the IN2P3 Computing Centre of the CNRS (French Countrywide Centre for Scientific Research), scientists have previously succeeded in screening nearly much more than 1.five billion molecules.

Guillaume Gellé President of URCA, claimed: “We’re proud to be aspect of this research undertaking to help assist the world combat against COVID-19.  With ROMEO’s huge computing electric power scientists have previously been equipped to test between 200,000 and 300,000 molecules. We hope that these success coupled with the virus expertise of biologists and doctors will lead to the improvement of a treatment that will gradual the unfold of the epidemic.”

 Helene Bringer, Director Huge Facts & HPC at Atos in France, extra: “These supercomputers mixed have tens of hundreds of processors that function collectively to complete sophisticated calculations and process and analyze huge amounts of info making use of AI algorithms. We’re proud that our BullSequana supercomputer, ROMEO, can add to the discovery of a cure for this pandemic by preserving treasured time for scientists and experts.”

 The HT-Covid undertaking is funded by the (CNRS) and the Grand Est (departmental area in the east of France).


About Atos

Atos is a world chief in digital transformation with one hundred ten,000 workforce in 73 nations around the world and yearly income of € twelve billion. European number just one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Efficiency Computing, the Group provides stop-to-stop Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Huge Facts, Business enterprise Apps and Electronic Office options. The Group is the Around the world Data Technology Lover for the Olympic & Paralympic Online games and operates underneath the brands Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The objective of Atos is to help structure the future of the facts room. Its experience and services assist the improvement of expertise, education and learning and research in a multicultural approach and add to the improvement of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group permits its clients and workforce, and customers of societies at huge to live, function and develop sustainably, in a secure and safe facts room.

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About URCA

The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne is acquiring a scientific undertaking close to four significant centres with potent scientific experience. A multidisciplinary centre with an global dimension in agro-sciences, atmosphere, biotechnologies and bio-economy, using into account, in a area with a potent agricultural and wine-manufacturing economy, the agriculture of the future a Well being centre, supplying scientific niches of excellence and a abundant and diverse vary of health care and paramedical teaching a digital and engineering sciences centre concentrating on superior-performance computing and business four. business, products and technological transformations and a Human and Social Sciences cluster with, in distinct, the improvement of a new concentrate on the carrying out arts federated by the development of a Maison des Sciences Humaines. It presents an eye-catching multidisciplinary teaching give that meets current and future socio-financial demands and aims to provide pupils to the greatest amount of education and learning.

The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in figures: 27,five hundred pupils, 2,five hundred staff, fifth major employer in Champagne-Ardenne, 30 research laboratories, fourteen elements, much more than a hundred and twenty diplomas.

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