Data management system for distributed virtual screening

TitleData management system for distributed virtual screening
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsZhou T., Caflisch A.
JournalJournal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Date Published2009 Jan
Type of ArticleResearch Article
KeywordsBinding Sites, Database Management Systems, Drug Discovery, Drug Evaluation, Preclinical, Informatics, Software, User-Computer Interface

High throughput docking (HTD) using high performance computing platforms is a multidisciplinary challenge. To handle HTD data effectively and efficiently, we have developed a distributed virtual screening data management system (DVSDMS) in which the data handling and the distribution of jobs are realized by the open-source structured query language database software MySQL. The essential concept of DVSDMS is the separation of the data management from the docking and ranking applications. DVSDMS can be used to dock millions of molecules effectively, monitor the process in real time, analyze docking results promptly, and process up to 108 poses by energy ranking techniques. In an HTD campaign to identify kinase inhibitors a low cost Linux PC has allowed DVSDMS to efficiently assign the workload to more than 500 computing clients. Notably, in a stress test of DVSDMS that emulated a large number of clients, about 60 molecules per second were distributed to the clients for docking, which indicates that DVSDMS can run efficiently on very large compute cluster (up to about 40000 cores).



Alternate JournalJ. Chem. Inf. Model.
PubMed ID19072299
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