From Summit to Folding@home, global supercomputing is continuing to mobilize against the coronavirus pandemic by crunching massive problems like epidemiology, therapeutic development and vaccine development. The latest addition to the arsenal is a supercomputer at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), which is working to develop drugs to fight against COVID-19.
“Rapid global spread of COVID-19 coronavirus infection pandemic has shown that there are no clear global emergency response plans against threats to humankind caused by new viruses,” said Anna Kichkailo, head of the Laboratory for Digital Controlled Drugs and Theranostics at RAS’ Krasnoyarsk Federal Science Center and head of the Laboratory for Biomolecular and Medical Technology at V.F. Voyno-Yasenetsky Krasnoyarsk State Medical University. “One of the obvious shortcomings is the lack of technologies for quick development of medicines for diagnostics and therapy.”