IBM’s Super computer, named Summit, has ran thousands of simulations of drug compounds that might help stop the coronavirus from infecting host cells.
Summit has whittled down its findings to 77 compounds that could bind to the virus and potentially stop further infections. This is a huge step in the right direction, but further steps are needed to test the compounds and find the best one. Although, a lot of testing is still needed, Summit has already done majority of the heavy lifting.
Jeremy Smith of Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Molecular Biophysics stated that these finding do not mean a cure has been found. These findings will, however, help inform future studies and that this a huge step in finding the most effective vaccine to combat COVID-19.
IBM’s Summit computer was commissioned by the US Department of Energy back in 2014. It was designed to help solve the world’s most critical problems, such as identifying patterns in cellular systems that precede Alzheimer’s and predict extreme weather based on climate simulations.