The work of the
IBM Summit supercomputer
already began to give its first results after the
identification of 77 components
that they could be part of a
treatment to combat the epidemic
covid-19, according to the publication of the results of a project led by researchers from the
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
in United States.
Summit's computing power enabled various digital simulations to be carried out to identify the reactions of the virus to the application of various drugs. Based on a base of 8000 components, the algorithms used in the supercomputer of
77 potentially effective drugs
for the treatment of disease in the human body.
"Summit managed to run the simulations in a day or two, a task that would have required months of work on a traditional computer," said Jeremy Smith, one of the authors of the
study published in the journal ChmRxiv
However, the researchers are cautious, despite the promising results. "It does not mean that we found the cure or the treatment. We believe that these results will provide a framework for researchers to focus their efforts on these components," added Smith.
At the moment, the most effective measures to combat the coronavirus epidemic are in isolation and social distance, in addition to hand washing.