Saturday, April 11, 2020

COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium



The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium Bringing together the Federal government, industry, and academic leaders to provide access to the world’s most powerful high-performance computing resources in support of COVID-19 research. Over 402 petaflops, 105,334 nodes, 3,539,044 CPU cores, 41,286 GPUs, and counting.






The world's leading medical researchers are rushing to find a treatment for COVID-19 with the help of the most powerful and advanced supercomputers in the world.
Researchers aross the globe are submitting potential treatments and cures to the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium.
The consortium, using a network of supercomputers and laboratotires, can run through simulations to narrow down or rule out drug compounds to use in a cure much faster than traditional methods.
"It's a means by which one can begin to analyze tremendously complex or large problems," says Vice President of Technical Computing at IBM Cognitive Systems Dave Turek. "Pharmaceutical companies may have billions of compounds that could be potential drugs."
Any researcher can submit proposals to the consortium for the supercomputes to run through.
"So, there are very novel techniques, specifically using A.I. on these supercomputers that are beginnign to speculate about new kinds of molecules that could be created to treat COVID-19," says Turek.

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is a unique private-public effort spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM to bring together federal government, industry, and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on their world-class machines.


Consortium partners include:

  • Industry
    • IBM
    • Amazon Web Services
    • AMD
    • Google Cloud
    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    • Microsoft
    • NVIDIA
  • Academia
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • University of Illinois
    • University of Texas at Austin
    • University of California - San Diego
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • Indiana University
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Department of Energy National Laboratories
    • Argonne National Laboratory
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
    • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Federal Agencies
    • National Science Foundation
      • XSEDE
      • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC)
      • Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
      • San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
      • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
      • Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute (IUPTI)
      • Open Science Grid (OSG)
      • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
    • NASA
Researchers are invited to submit COVID-19 related research proposals to the consortium via this online portal, which will then be reviewed for matching with computing resources from one of the partner institutions. An expert panel comprised of top scientists and computing researchers will work with proposers to assess the public health benefit of the work, with emphasis on projects that can ensure rapid results.
Fighting COVID-19 will require extensive research in areas like bioinformatics, epidemiology, and molecular modeling to understand the threat we’re facing and form strategies to address it. This work demands a massive amount of computational capacity. The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium helps aggregate computing capabilities from the world's most powerful and advanced computers to help COVID-19 researchers execute complex computational research programs to help fight the virus.
About the Consortium, the HPC Systems & How to Join
Consortium members manage a range of computing capabilities that span from small clusters to some of the largest supercomputers in the world. As a member, you would support this crucial work by not only offering your computational resources, but also your deep technical capabilities and expertise to help COVID-19 researchers execute complex computational research programs. We hope that you will join us in this crucial mission.
We are currently providing broad access to portions of over 30 supercomputing systems, representing over over 402 petaflops, 105,334 nodes, 3,539,044 CPU cores, 41,286 GPUs, and counting. Their basic specifications are described below. Additional resources will be added as our consortium grows; please check back for updates.


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