Issue No. 06 - November/December (2017 vol. 19)
Jonathan Hines , Oak Ridge National Laboratory
As part of a project dedicated to modeling how single-celled purple bacteria turn light into food, a team of computational scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign simulated a complete ATP synthase, the power plant of the cell, in all-atom detail. The work builds on the project’s first phase—a 100-million atom photosynthetic organelle called a chromatophore—and gives scientists an unprecedented glimpse into a biological machine whose energy efficiency far surpasses that of any artificial system.
supercomputing, biology, modeling, scientific computing
J. Hines, "Mastering a Bacterial Photosynthetic System," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 82-84, 2017.