gpGPU acceleration is steadily contributing to progress in the computational LifeSciences, for example in rational DrugDesign. OpenEye scientific software announced a performance-increase of their molecular shape comparison ROCS by about 2-3 orders of magnitude (100x-1000x(!)) using GPUs. With this they won the “Best Show” award at the 2011 BioIT-World.
Now FastROCS processes 2 million conformations per second on a Quad Fermi box.
This enables all vs. all shape comparison across entire compound libraries. Below is an interview with Joe Corkery at the BioIT World, and they also have a couple of interesting posts on their blog.