Here is another great example of how an HPC site can function as a versatile resource for a wide variety of problem domains. A priority queue was setup on TACC’s Ranger cluster to provide 2,000 to 3,000 processors for two weeks to allow a team to assess the way in which the underlying structure of the Swine Flue virus (H1N1A) has or could mutate and lead to drug resistance. With this data, “they believe it will be possible to intelligently design a drug or vaccine that can’t be resisted.”
From the article cited below:
Supercomputers routinely assist in emergency weather forecasting, earthquake predictions, and epidemiological research. Now, says Schulten, they are proving their usefulness in biomedical crises.
“It’s a historic moment,” he said. “For the first time these supercomputers are being used for emergency situations that require a close look with a computational tool in order to shape our strategy.”