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Inside the Volunteer Supercomputer Team That's Hunting for COVID Clues


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Amazon Web Services was among the consortium's first wave of members.

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The world's fastest supercomputer has been added to the White House's expanding supercomputing effort to fight the novel coronavirus.

The Fugaku system built by Fujitsu and RIKEN, which ranked first on the June 2020 Top500 list of global supercomputers, is now a part of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

The consortium was jointly launched in late March by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and IBM, and currently facilitates more than 65 active research projects and taps a vast supercomputer-powered search for new findings pertaining to the novel coronavirus' spread, how to mitigate it, and more. Dozens of national and international members are volunteering free compute time through the effort.

The effort is "building an international team of COVID-19 researchers that are sharing their best ideas, methods, and results to understand the virus and its effects on humans which will [allow] the world to ultimately conquer or confine the virus," says U.S. DOE Office of Science Director Chris Fall.

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