Starting today, Insilico Biotechnology will use Europe’s very fastest civil computer – going by the name of “Hermit“ – for its modeling and simulating processes. Hermit will cut computing time radically allowing metabolic predictions over several orders of magnitude. In the near future, predictions on the toxic effects of drugs across scales from cellular to organ level will be feasible.
Hermit“, the new supercomputer, was put into action in HLRS, the High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart, in February 2012. The event was crowned by the presence of Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of Baden-Württemberg. Both stressed the significant role the supercomputer from the Cray company will play for Germany and Baden-Württemberg, an important location when it comes to research and industry.
Incidentally, the supercomputer is also a striking role model when it comes to protecting the environment because its infrastructure uses energy in a highly efficient manner. To top it all, Hermit’s computing capacities are to be upgraded by a further four to five petaflops per second in the coming year. It goes without saying that Insilico and its customers will again profit enormously from this additional increase in efficiency.