Nvidia GPUs aid in HIV Cure

Nvidia GPUs aid in HIV CureA graphics chipmaker has announced that after the development of Nvidia's Tesla GPU accelerator, there has been landmark achievement in the field of HIV/AIDS.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)'s researchers announced that they have found the exact chemical structure of the HIV 'capsid'. This is a protein shell that takes care of the virus's genetic material and is an important factor that governs its virulent nature.

According to the new updates, Blue Waters is a Cray XK7 supercomputer with 3,000 Nvidia Tesla K20X GPU accelerators. An experiment that involves mapping of 64 million atoms was done by the researchers.

Klaus Schulten, a Professor of physics at the University of Illinois, said, "It would have been very difficult to run a simulation of this size without the power of GPU-accelerated supercomputing in the Blue Waters system". He said the research team started using accelerators five years ago and GPUs have increased the pace of research.

It seems that the development can be used for the improvement of new antiretroviral drugs. This is for the first time that capsid functioning has been considered.

The development in the field of treatment of HIV/AIDS has reached a point where scientists have new aspirations.