Friday March 13, 2015

How GPUs Keep Pace With Shape-Shifting Viruses

Viruses are a threat to human health on a global scale. They mutate as fast as the vaccines and drugs designed to combat them. The ability of the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, to adapt to antiviral drugs and treatments means new compounds need to be developed continuously. To keep pace with this fast-changing virus and others like it, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looked beyond the microscope and turned to supercomputers to pull data from multiple sources for analysis. Examining how the complex communication game between the cell and the virus works could lead to therapies that disrupt these interactions.