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"Video-game Technology may Give an Impetus to New Drugs' Development"

Blog Post created by john simpson on Nov 9, 2010

Taken from MedIndia
"Video-game Technology may Give an Impetus to New  Drugs' Development"



A new technology employed in video games may assist in  speeding up the development of new products and potentially life-saving drugs.  C&EN Associate Editor Lauren K. Wolf notes that consumer demand for  life-like avatars and interactive scenery has pushed computer firms to develop  inexpensive yet sophisticated graphics hardware called graphics processing  units, or GPUs. The graphical units work in conjunction with traditional central  processing units (CPUs) - the "brains" of desktop and laptop computers - and  accelerate the rendering of three-dimensional images in games such as Prince of  Persia and Guitar Hero... The article notes that manufacturers have developed  GPUs that are having a big impact on chemistry, breezing through computations  that once would have required all the processing power of a supercomputer.  Chemists have embraced the technology to simulate the movement of molecules in  the quest to develop new drugs and materials for solar cells and other products.  The big edge GPUs have over CPUs is in speed, reducing processing times from  years to months and months to weeks. The article was published in the latest  issue of Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly  newsmagazine.