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A Conversation with David Shaw: In a rare interview, David Shaw discusses how he’s using computer science to unravel the mysteries of biochemistry.

September 1, 2009

Topic: Bioscience

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Jerry Suskin | Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:23:10 UTC


Rick Peralta | Fri, 25 Nov 2011 11:14:22 UTC

I had the honor to look look at Anton and speak with the engineering team in some detail. IMHO: Anton is an amazing piece of technology, made by brilliant people. The system architecture and development path are more than well throughout out. The prospects for substantial improvements is mostly an engineering exercise and there is still significant room for algorithmic improvements. Given all this and new technologies, there are likely additional paradigm shifts in performance, convenience and capacity to be expiated.

How is Anton doing in the filed?

What progress is there on Anton II?

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