X-Message-Number: 27316
From: "Brent Thomas" <>
Subject: 2.64 million atom simulation
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 11:56:27 -0500

An interesting example of some of the atomic and molecular level modeling
being enabled by the ever increasing capacity of computer modeling.

Full story at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051101223046.htm

This type of technology (computational replication of molecular and atomic
motion, position and reactions) is probably going to be important for
uploading or for rebuilding (in the event that they cannot re-vitalize a
cryonic suspension directly but must instead rebuild a substrate from a
molecular scan)

Also interesting is that this simulation does not use the full capacity of
the machine -- it is just a reflection of what the researcher was able to
get in terms of computing power allocated to his particular project. How
long until my desktop has this kind of power?

Largest Computational Biology Simulation Mimics Life's Most Essential

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have set a new world's record
by performing the first million-atom computer simulation in biology. Using
the "Q Machine" supercomputer, Los Alamos computer scientists have created a
molecular simulation of the cell's protein-making structure, the ribosome.
The project, simulating 2.64 million atoms in motion, is more than six times
larger than any biological simulations performed to date.

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