DOST assists experts in advancing global health research

Published April 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Dhel Nazario

The Department of Science and Technology—Advanced Science and Technology Institute’s (DOST-ASTI) Computing and Archiving Research Environment (COARE) is currently assisting the academia and the government in advancing global health research—including finding revolutionary cures for COVID-19.

Folding@Home is an R&D project dedicated to help combat worldwide diseases through pioneering research pursuits carried out through distributed computing. (DOST-ASTI / MANILA BULLETIN)
[email protected] is an R&D project dedicated to help combat worldwide diseases through pioneering research pursuits carried out through distributed computing. (DOST-ASTI / MANILA BULLETIN)

The COARE is exerting efforts to help in the crucial battle against the virus. The COARE is a high-performance computing, data archiving, and science cloud facility that runs high-level commands, analyzes large sets of data, and processes intensive simulations.

On March 17, DOST-ASTI said that the COARE facility volunteered to allocate a portion of its high-performance computing resources to the current COVID-19 research of [email protected], an R&D project dedicated to help combat worldwide diseases through pioneering research pursuits carried out through distributed computing.

According to DOST-ASTI, the project was founded by the Pande Lab, a scientific laboratory that is part of the Department of Chemistry and Structural Biology in Stanford University and the Stanford Medical Center.

“By installing and setting up [email protected], people all around the globe could volunteer the idle resources of their personal computers and help capacitate the research operations of the project,” the agency said.

The COARE team, led by its technical head Christian O. Matira, began the [email protected] initiative by installing and setting up a folding node for the COVID-19 research. Through this delegated node, [email protected] can run simulations by utilizing a portion of the COARE’s CPU and GPU resources.

Since the COARE has higher computational power and speed in comparison to regular personal computers, the said environment has a maximized potential in helping [email protected] accomplish their research pursuits on computational drug design, protein folding, molecular dynamics, and other COVID-19-related computer simulations.

“Relatively, this voluntary initiative in supporting [email protected] in the fight against COVID-19 is aligned with the goal of the COARE in exploring the viability of federating High-Performance Computing in the local and international landscapes,” DOST-ASTI said.

“The current global efforts to contain such a serious pandemic is an opportune time to collaborate further with experts on various interdisciplinary fields of science and help enable researchers all around the world to unite their data—not just to advance research—but to find substantial breakthroughs for the ailing world,” the agency added.

 
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