Researchers with the international Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology consortium recently used the Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory to map the largest family tree of HIV ever produced.
Roadrunner, from Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corp. is the world's fastest computer and can run at speeds exceeding 1 petaflop, or 1 quadrillion calculations per second. A quadrillion is 1 million billion, or the number 1 followed by 15 zeros. Now, researchers are using Roadrunner to analyze huge amounts of genetic sequences from HIV-infected patients, looking for possible vaccine target areas.
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