ServerWatch: Hardware Today: Computing for a Cure
Jun 14, 2006, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)
"Silver anniversaries are normally joyous occasions, but not
this one. June 5, 2005 marked the 25th anniversary of the discovery
of AIDS. Amid the calls for greater awareness and increased funding
was recognition that, from a medical viewpoint, billions of dollars
spent on research had produced little progress in recent years.
"This may soon change. Researchers at the State University of
New York's (SUNY's) campus at Stony Brook are using a new SGI
supercomputer to model the behavior of the molecules that lead to
the creation of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Although
the structure of these molecules has been known for more than 10
years, experiments could not determine how the drugs get in and out
of them. These simulations fill in the missing piece and will open
the door to creating drugs that block the virus' activities..."