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Taiwan Quick Take: Flu fight goes to the grid

The Academia Sinica and the Enabling Grid for E-sciencE (EGEE) project funded by the European Commission announced an agreement earlier this week on a new grid-computing venture to fight avian influenza. An Academia Sinica researcher said the project involves calculation and cross-examination of 300,000 drugs against 16 variants of bird flu in the hope of finding a cure in the event of an epidemic. The researcher said that the project will employ more than 2,000 computers, and the teams in Taiwan and Europe expect to finish calculations in four weeks and produce as much as 1,400 gigabytes of data. "If there was only one computer used, the calculation would take 137 years," the researcher added. The EGEE project, a partner of the Worldwide Large-Hadron-Collider Computing Grid, aims to apply grid capacity to astronomy, biotechnology and atmospheric research.

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