Never before has such a huge set of computing power been used for the same purpose.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the US government, IBM and a number of other companies will allow researchers around the world to access at least 16 supercomputers, helping to speed up the process of finding Covid vaccines and special medicines. -19.
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy on March 22 announced the establishment of Covid-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, an alliance of IBM, the national laboratory of the US Department of Energy, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. and some other companies.
From March 22, researchers working at academia, government and the private sector can submit corona virus-related projects via a website. Alliance representatives will approve the use of the enormous resources they own in research work, thereby speeding up the implementation process, said Dario Gil, IBM Research Director.
The goal is to provide scientists with access to powerful computing resources after they submit projects.
The announcement came as health and government officials criticized Washington’s slow response to the pandemic, both in providing testing conditions and protective equipment to hospitals.
“In the end, we need a cure. To be able to solve that problem, we need to accelerate science,” Mr. Gil said. “We receive urgency.”
Researchers will have free, remote access to two of IBM’s most powerful supercomputers: Summit, at Oak Ridge and Lassen National Labs, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. .
Combined, the alliance’s 16 supercomputing systems are capable of calculating up to 265 petaflops, 775,000 CPUs and more than 34,000 GPUs, Mr. Gil said. They are manufactured by IBM and other companies.
“Supercomputers have thousands or tens of thousands of CPUs working together and working together to perform great calculations,” Gil said. “They are also particularly suitable for processing and analyzing large amounts of data using AI algorithms.”
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, together with the University of Tennessee, used Summit supercomputers to run simulations on over 8,000 compounds. As a result, they identified 77 types that could be used to accelerate the discovery of therapeutic drugs and the Covid-19 vaccine.
US government officials began discussing with IBM on the idea on March 18, said Michael Kratsios, White House technology director. Earlier this week, researchers released a huge set of data that AI experts could exploit. It contains more than 29,000 articles, academic papers on Covid-19 and related viruses. Since that time, information has been downloaded more than 18,000 times.
Prior to the Covid-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, a number of technology companies provided free computing resources to research groups, with the aim of speeding up the development of Covid test kits and vaccines. -19.
Microsoft and Rescale announced such a program on March 19. A day later, it was Amazon Web Services’s turn to donate $ 20 million to accelerate research on the Covid-19 diagnostic test kit.