Monday, March 23, 2020

Turning On the Supercomputers To Figure Out Coronavirus (IBM; MSFT; AMZN; HPE; GOOG; DoE)

First up, VentureBeat, March 22:

IBM, White House, Department of Energy, and others launch consortium to give coronavirus researchers access to supercomputers
Following the launch of its 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge, IBM today announced that it will help coordinate an effort to provide over 330 petaflops of computing power to scientists researching COVID-19, the coronavirus that’s sickened over 300,000 people. The company anticipates that the capacity will be used to develop algorithms that assess how COVID-19 is progressing, and to model potential therapies in pursuit of a possible vaccine.

“These high-performance computing systems allow researchers to run very large numbers of calculations in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling. These experiments would take years to complete if worked by hand, or months if handled on slower, traditional computing platforms,” wrote IBM Research director Dario Gil in a blog post. “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we have been working closely with governments in the U.S. and worldwide to find all available options to put our technology and expertise to work to help organizations be resilient and adapt to the consequences of the pandemic.”....
....The announcement follows news that scientists tapped IBM’s Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the world’s fastest supercomputer, to simulate how 8,000 different molecules would interact with COVID-19, resulting in the isolation of 77 compounds likely to render the virus unable to infect host cells.....
....MUCH MORE, a lot of information.

And from GeekWire, more on a couple of Seattle's biggies:

Amazon and Microsoft join White House team to unleash high-performance computing on COVID-19