IBM, Google, AWS and Microsoft Partner with White House to Help Fight COVID-19

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In collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy and many others, IBM, Google Cloud, AWS, Microsoft and HPE are helping launch the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. This would bring forth an unprecedented amount of computing power – 16 systems with more than 330 petaflops, 775,000 CPU cores, 34,000 GPUs, and counting – to help researchers everywhere better understand COVID-19, its treatments and potential cures.

Michael Kratsios
“America is coming together to fight COVID-19, and that means unleashing the full capacity of our world-class supercomputers to rapidly advance scientific research for treatments and a vaccine,” said Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

Fighting COVID-19 would 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.

The sophisticated computing systems available through the High Performance Computing Consortium can process massive numbers of calculations related to bioinformatics, epidemiology, and molecular modeling, helping scientists develop answers to complex scientific questions about COVID-19 in hours or days versus weeks or months.

“America is coming together to fight COVID-19, and that means unleashing the full capacity of our world-class supercomputers to rapidly advance scientific research for treatments and a vaccine,” said Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer of the United States. “We thank the private sector and academic leaders who are joining the federal government as part of the Trump Administration’s whole-of-America response.”

COVID-19 Related Research Proposals

Teresa Carlson
“Working together, government, business, and academic leaders can utilize the power of the cloud to advance the pace of scientific discovery and innovation, and help combat the COVID-19 virus,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS.

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.

“We’re proud to support this critical work and stand ready with the compute power of AWS to help accelerate research and development efforts,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS. “Working together, government, business, and academic leaders can utilize the power of the cloud to advance the pace of scientific discovery and innovation, and help combat the COVID-19 virus.”

Members of the High Performance Computing Consortium now include:

Industry

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Google Cloud
  • Microsoft
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Academia

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Sandia National Laboratories

Federal Agencies

  • National Science Foundation
  • NASA

The Consortium welcomes additional members who are capable of contributing significant compute resources to the pool for this important work. Organizations interested in joining the Consortium and offering access to their computational resources in support of this project should click here.

Dario Gil
“By bringing together the world’s most advanced supercomputers and matching them with the best ideas and expertise, this consortium can drive real progress in this global fight,” said Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research.

“Accelerating the process of discovery to unlock treatments and a cure for COVID-19 is of vital importance to us all,” said Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research. “By bringing together the world’s most advanced supercomputers and matching them with the best ideas and expertise, this consortium can drive real progress in this global fight. IBM is proud to have helped kick-start this important effort.”

This unique public-private consortium, spearheaded by The White House, the U.S. Department of Energy, and IBM, includes government, industry, and academic leaders who have volunteered free compute time and resources on their machines.

“We know that high performance computing can reduce the time it takes to process massive data sets and perform complex simulations from days to hours,” said Mike Daniels, Vice President, Global Public Sector at Google Cloud. “We look forward to participating in this initiative alongside leaders in technology, academia, and the public sector to make more resources available to COVID-19 researchers and to apply Google Cloud computing capabilities toward the development of potential treatments and vaccines.”

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