Scientists at the University College London are taking help of world’s most powerful super computers to speed up the search for treatment for novel coronavirus. The deadly pathogen has brought the entire world to a standstill. A huge number of population has died, economy is crashed, people are scared, and the healthy emergency has been announced. What could be worse than this? Also Read - Short Film on Coronavirus: Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Ranbir, Priyanka, Alia Team-up For ‘Family’
The pandemic has made it important to look for the possible treatment as soon as possible or be ready for much devastating side-effects. So, to cater to the needs to humanity, scientists are working day and night to find a cure for coronavirus. And, powerful machines are their major helping hands in this regard. Also Read - Pornhub Records 95% Spike in Indian Users Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Despite Being Banned
According to researchers, a supercomputer can process information much faster than a regular computer and can screen a huge number of potential antiviral drugs very quickly. These medicines also include those that are already in use to treat various other infections or diseases. Also Read - Nick Kyrgios Offers to Deliver Food to Hungry People Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Says 'Don't go to Sleep With an Empty Stomach'
To fight the COVID-19 battle that the entire world is facing, over 100 scientists from all across the U.S. and Europe are using the powerful machines including ‘Summit’ and ‘SuperMUC-NG.’
As per one of the researchers involved in this study, supercomputers can rapidly search vast numbers of potential drug compounds that may inhibit the novel coronavirus by binding to the spikes on the surface of COVID-19. Notably, these spikes make coronavirus deadly as they help it invade human cells.
Supercomputers may potentially identify virus proteins that stimulate immunity. This information can help in developing an effective vaccine. The machines can also analyse the origin and structure of the virus with accuracy and can help in knowing how it interacts with the human cells and spreads within the communities.
Supercomputers can be successful in finding the most effective drug or vaccination for coronavirus ahead of further investigations in a traditional laboratory.