Silicon Mechanics has launched a partnership with Acellera to assemble the MetroCubo hardware-software appliance for running Acellera’s ACEMD bio-molecular simulation software. The partnership with UK-based Acellera is part of Silicon Mechanics’ growing expertise in providing appliance design and development services.

Conceived from the ground up as an optimised molecular dynamics engine that exploits the computational power of graphics processing units (GPUs), MetroCubo’s proprietary design comes preinstalled and tested with ACEMD, which the company says guarantees best performance and efficiency with four GPUs per node.

The powerful ACEMD software was recently used in a molecular simulation to explain a specific step in the maturation of HIV, enabling researchers to visualise the moment in which the protease binds itself for cutting.

'The Acellera project is a great example of Silicon Mechanics’ ability to help customers design and build a turnkey custom hardware solution, integrate their software, and add custom branding to extend their identity in the market,' said Silicon Mechanics partner/channel sales executive Christopher Cherry. 'This method gets products to market quicker, while lowering their production costs.'


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