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Exascience Life Lab: building supercomputers

Exascience Life Lab: building supercomputers

Intel, imec, five Flemish universities (Antwerp University, Ghent University, KU Leuven, Hasselt University, and the Free University of Brussels), and Janssen have partnered to create the ExaScience Life Lab at the imec campus in Leuven, a unique initiative in Belgium. At the ExaScience Life Lab, Intel's expertise in the field of supercomputers has been combined with Flanders' extensive expertise in life sciences and biotechnology. This partnership should lead to new solutions for supercomputers and breakthroughs in life sciences and biotechnology.

Supercomputers will play a strategic role in laboratory research in the future. The traditional method involved endless experimentation with variants of existing molecules until a variant was found which might have been more effective. Obviously, that was an extremely time-consuming and costly procedure. The alternative approach involves a computer calculating the properties of all the potential variants, but this requires good digital models of complex molecules and their behavior. Supercomputers, for example, which make it possible to predict complex chemical reactions and render the search for new treatments more efficient.

Joining forces

Collaboration with specialists in this specific field of application is becoming increasingly important when developing supercomputers for medical science. That is why Intel, Janssen, imec, and five Flemish universities have joined forces. A long-term partnership with companies and knowledge centers which have additional expertise is essential to Janssen, so that we can utilize our own knowledge and know-how and create added value for the patient. Potential synergies in this field must be recognized and nurtured quickly.

Through its collaboration with Intel, Janssen wants to help build even more powerful supercomputers. The ultimate goal is that joint R&D efforts in the lab will lead to major breakthroughs for the use of supercomputers for bio-scientific applications. In the future, supercomputing will be the driving force behind progress in life sciences. The ExaScience Life Lab can act as a catalyst in the search for technological innovation. This will help Flanders to stand out even more as a top region for supercomputing in life sciences.