The US Department of Energy announced on February 16 that it will use IBM’s Summit supercomputer to speed up the find-out of virus suppression.
According to ExtremeTech, the US Department of Energy on February 16 announced that it will use IBM’s Summit supercomputer to search for Covid-19 treatments. With the help of this supercomputer, scientists hope to improve the speed of digital simulations to narrow the range of potential variables.
The US Department of Energy wants to exploit this supercomputer to speed up the finding of methods of inhibiting or attacking viruses. Usually, the virus research process usually takes a long time and appear many variables.
“Performing computer simulations can test multiple reaction variables for each different virus at the same time. Each of these individual variables can include millions or even billions of different data. This process will be extremely time-consuming without using superior processing power from supercomputers, ”IBM said.
“Using supercomputers like Summit is essential to getting the simulation results we need in just a day or two. Meanwhile, it takes a normal computer several months to produce results, ”said Jeremy Smith, director of the Center for Molecular Biophysics Research at the University of Tennessee.
Summit is the result of a partnership between IBM and graphics chip maker Nvidia located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, USA. In 2018, the Summit supercomputer, capable of performing 200 million billion calculations per second, surpassed China’s Sunway TaihuLight to help the US regain its position as the world’s most powerful supercomputer.