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    by Published on 09-02-11 07:58 PM  Number of Views: 200 





    Description: Docking@Home is a project which uses Internet-connected computers to perform scientific calculations that aid in the creation of new and improved medicines. The project aims to help cure diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Docking@Home is a collaboration between the University of Delaware, The Scripps Research Institute, and the University of California - Berkeley. It is part of the Dynamically Adaptive Protein-Ligand Docking System project and is supported by the National Science Foundation.


    How Does It Work?

    Before new drugs can be produced for laboratory testing, researchers must create molecular models and simulate their interactions to reveal possible candidates for effective drugs. This simulation is called docking. The combinations of molecules and their binding orientations are infinite in number. Simulating as many combinations as possible requires a tremendous amount of computing power. In order to reduce costs, researchers have decided that an effective means of generating this computing power is to distribute the tasks across a large number of computers.


    Institution: University of Dellaware


    Official Launch:11-09-2006


    Home Page: http://docking.cis.udel.edu/


    Project Status: Active


    Client Programs: The project supports the following Applications:
    Windows 32 and 64bits.
    Linux 32 and 64bits.
    Mac OS.


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