NVIDIA Graphics Processors Power Breakthrough In HIV Research
The researchers used computer simulations to uncover the chemical structure of the HIV capsid, which according to the press release both protects a virus’ genetic material and also acts as a sort of virus delivery system by sneaking into a human cell and unloading the infection.
Blue Waters Supercomputing Center at UIUC
The hope is that insight into how the capsid is constructed and behaves will help researchers deliver more effective antiretroviral drugs. It’s even more exciting because targeting the capsid is a relatively new approach to fighting HIV infections around the world.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: This sort of news is why technology is so important. It seems that so much of our new tech are essentially just elaborate toys and entertainment devices, and it’s easy to forget that the same companies who crank out components that let us game with better graphics at a higher framerate also contribute to the sort of research that saves lives and can change the world.