High Performance Computing Aiding Fight Against COVID-19

Posted on April 2, 2020

As the bad news about coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to compound with each new day, high performance computing is bringing a rare bright spot. The list of HPC researchers, facilities and vendors who are fighting the pandemic on the ground continues is impressive and ever-expanding. Here is a roundup of HPC contributions to the battle to bring COVID-19 under control:

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is leading the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, which comprises 16 systems that offer over 330 petaflops of supercomputing capacity for the fight against the deadly virus.

Intel has allocated $6 Million for coronavirus relief and last month donated more than 1 million protective items including masks and gloves to healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of this fight.

NVIDIA is providing a free 90-day pass to researchers who want to make use of the Parabricks genome sequencing software to study the virus.

The Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is working on simulations that will yield the first all-atom model of the virus.

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is fast-tracking proposals that contribute to the mitigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Science Foundation is fast-tracking proposals that would provision Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to further research on the virus.

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