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U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort


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The Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

Among the nearly 100 approved projects was one in which researchers at Utah State University worked with the Texas Advanced Computing Center and others to model the way virus particles disperse in a room, to understand the distribution of Covid-19 virus particles in an enclosed space.

Credit: Texas Advanced Computing Center

The Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium gave researchers free access to the world's most powerful computers over the past year.

Courtesy of the consortium—whose 43 members include the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and technology companies like IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google—researchers across the globe were given access to more than 600 petaflops of computing capacity, more than 6.8 million compute nodes, and more than 50,000 graphics-processing units.

Members of the consortium recently spoke on the progress of their initiative and advocated for a formal organization in charge of making computing resources available in the event of future pandemics, hurricanes, oil spills, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

“The consortium is proof we were able to act fast and act together,” said IBM’s Dario Gil, who helped create the consortium.

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