Supercomputers Help Scientists Fight Zika Virus

Posted: May 19 2016, 9:49am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Supercomputers Help Scientists Fight Zika Virus
The OpenZika project will take advantage of massive amounts of supercomputing power provided by IBM's World Community Grid, which harnesses the computing power of volunteers' computers and Android devices. Credit: IBM
  • Supercomputers help Scientists fight the Dreaded Zika Virus

The latest news is regarding supercomputers helping scientists fight the dreaded Zika Virus.

Rutgers University is partaking in an IBM-inspired World Community Grid Project that will allow supercomputers to help in the battle against the Zika Virus.

Termed OpenZika, the project will have a worldwide group of scientists undertaking virtual experiments. These are meant to find a cure for the Zika Virus.

The virus is spreading fast and doctors and the entire medical establishment are getting worried sick over this new challenge. A solution may lie in the future, yet for now it poses a riddle wrapped in an enigma.

OpenZika is meant to sift through the tons of data regarding drugs and medicinal compounds that may cause a lysis of the Zika protein structures. Also cousin viruses such as Dengue and West Nile Virus will have a solution hammered out by the experts.

The results of this research will be published and shared with the public. Finally, certain combinations of drugs will be proposed all the better to deal with the Zika Virus. These chemical compounds will first be tested in special labs though.

We don’t need to wait for years or decades before the right compounds are found. The database is massive yet the power of supercomputers to tabulate and apply the processes of analysis will yield results.

Computing does not let anything go to waste. IBM set up this forum in 2004 to deal with various resistant diseases that were afflicting humanity. A large extent of supercomputers will be used to gain ground on these nasty diseases.

Volunteers are being sought from the general public who will contribute their two cents worth of effort towards the eradication of maladies such as the Zika Virus.

Windows, Linux, Mac and Android gadgets can be used with ease by the volunteers. A total of 750,000 people and 470 institutional centers spread over more than 80 countries will participate in the gigantic joint effort.

World Community Grid is not an ordinary platform. It has undertaken at least 24 projects over the past 11 years. The amount of funds generated for this are close to $500 million.

Among the schemes lie GO FAM or the Global Online Fight Against Malaria. New therapies and wonder drugs still lie undiscovered. The doors of the future will be opened one day and suitable cures will hopefully appear on the horizon.

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