White House, Tech Firms to Leverage Supercomputers for COVID-19 Research Via New Consortium

Jeff Brody

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy partnered with the Department of Energy, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and other technology companies to launch a new consortium to advance research into the new coronavirus using supercomputers, TechCruch reported Monday.

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium also includes Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Google as well as NASA, National Science Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and national laboratories, including Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Sandia National Laboratory.

Dario Gil, director of IBM Research, wrote in a news release the consortium will leverage 16 systems with over 330 petaflops of computing power to help researchers better understand COVID-19 and identify potential treatments to the disease.

“These high-performance computing systems allow researchers to run very large numbers of calculations in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling,” Gil added.

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