US Government Unveils The COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium


The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium Bringing together the Federal government, industry, and academic leaders to provide access to the world’s most powerful high-performance computing resources in support of COVID-19 research.

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is a unique private-public effort spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM to bring together federal government, industry, and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on their world-class machines.

Consortium partners include:

Amazon Web Services
Google Cloud
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of California, San Diego
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
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

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.

Fighting COVID-19 will 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.

What Will The Consortium Do?

Consortium members manage a range of computing capabilities that span from small clusters to some of the largest supercomputers in the world. As a member, you would support this crucial work by not only offering your computational resources, but also your deep technical capabilities and expertise to help COVID-19 researchers execute complex computational research programs.

The Consortium is currently providing broad access to portions of 16 supercomputing systems, representing over 330 petaflops, 775,000 CPU cores, and 34,000 GPUs. 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.

Submitting a Research Proposal

Researchers seeking to access the Consortium’s resources should submit a simple project proposal using the link.

The Consortium steering group will review proposals for potential impact, computational feasibility, overall resource requirements and timeline. If a proposal is accepted for support by the Consortium, then a Consortium member will assume responsibility and work with the proposal team to identify the process for access, and to discuss any specific terms and conditions that will apply to the offered access.

Since this is a voluntary community effort to support COVID-19 research, proposal teams should expect to produce a regular blog of their activities during the course of their work and should further expect to publish results at the end of the work.

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Vishal Chawla
Vishal Chawla is a senior tech journalist at Analytics India Magazine and writes about AI, data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and blockchain. Vishal also hosts AIM's video podcast called Simulated Reality- featuring tech leaders, AI experts, and innovative startups of India.

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