Yesterday, the White House announced the creation of the New Coronavirus (COVID-19) High Performance Computing Alliance to provide medical researchers around the world with access to the world’s most powerful, high-performance computer resources, accelerate research on the virus, and provide reliable data support to stop the spread of the epidemic.
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The alliance is under the leadership of the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM, and partners include NASA, MIT, Renssler Institute of Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as the National Science Foundation.
The alliance will leverage 16 supercomputing systems from IBM, National Laboratories, Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT) and other companies to provide 16 systems with more than 330 billion computing power per second for a number of projects, including epidemiology, bioinformatics and molecular modeling.
“How can supercomputers help us fight this virus?” said Dario Gil, IBM’s head of research. These high-performance computing systems allow researchers to perform a large amount of computing in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling projects. If done manually, these experiments can take years to complete, and months to complete on a slower traditional computing platform. “
“For those researchers who are committed to fighting coronaviruses (COVID-19), we want to be able to provide the tools they need,” said John Kahan, global head of Microsoft’s AI for Health program. Through our AI for Health program, we will witness the impact of powerful technologies offered by talented researchers. We hope to further expand access to Azure cloud and high-performance computing capabilities and create more opportunities to collaborate with data scientists to accelerate research on COVID-19. “