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Argonne's Blue Gene/P to host large cadre of INCITE researchers
Date:1/18/2008

to use the next generation petascale systems, accelerating the achievement of the INCITE science goals.

  • A Pratt & Whitney team led by Peter Bradley was awarded more than 1.3 million hours to develop improved aircraft engine combustor simulations to enable reduced emissions and improved operability.

  • Igor Tsigelny of the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) was awarded 1.2 million hours to study the mechanism of membrane-protein interactions and model membrane penetration dynamics of the synuclein oligomers and to compare these results with experimental findings in order to understand the molecular basis of Parkinson's disease and to generate leads for drug discovery.

  • Kelly Anderson of Proctor and Gamble was awarded 4 million hours to investigate the molecular mechanisms of surfactant-assisted bubble formation.

  • Benoit Roux of Argonne and the University of Chicago was awarded 1.5 million hours at Argonne and 3.5 million hours at Oak Ridge to investigate the voltage-gating mechanism of membrane ion channels in order to understand how the membrane-associated molecular protein-machines are able to carry out their functions.

Returning INCITE researchers tout the enabling research the program has already facilitated.

Igor Tsigelny of the University of California-San Diego wrote in a SciDAC Review article about his DOE-supported work that: "Using the IBM Blue Gene's considerable computer simulation power, researchers have made major strides in evaluating the molecular and environmental features that led to the clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia, as well as to strategies for pharmaceutical intervention and amelioration of Parkinson's disease. Their findings also have broad applicability to other diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type II diabetes mellitus, and spongiform encephelopathies (prion diseases)."
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Contact: Angela Hardin
ahardin@anl.gov
630-252-5501
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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