IBM along with the White House Office of Science and Technology is trying everything they can to help the researchers. However, the help is not in a medical form. In fact, they are providing help to reduce the compute time for researchers and hence speed up the process for making Coronavirus vaccines. IBM has launched the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium which provides assistance in analyzing all research work faster.
This new contribution has also made it possible to test thousands of open source contributions in order to find out the cure for Coronavirus. This week IBM announced the inclusion of UKRI, Swiss National Supercomputer Center (CSCS), ARCHER from the University of Edinburgh, DIRAC, and Piz Daint in their list for producing compute power. With all of these supercomputers running at once, scientists can now make use of 437 petaflops of computing power. This will prove very helpful in the long run for finding a cure.
IBM Supercomputer: Coronavirus cure
Other than IBM, Folding@Home was another company that let people help scientists. IBM announces the inclusion of more than 59 projects worldwide, and plenty of nonprofit and academic research institutions for free. Usually, 1 petaflop of computing power costs around $2.5 million according to IBM. The entire system currently supports 113,000 nodes which contain 4.2 million processors and almost 43,000 graphics cards.
I absolutely love these technology BIG SWINGS against the virus! GO IBM!!
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— Patrick Moorhead (@PatrickMoorhead) March 23, 2020
Powerful computational power allows researchers to undertake large numbers of calculations in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling. Many of these take months on traditional computing platforms (or year if worked by hand). The insights generated by the experiments can help advance humanity’s understanding of COVID-19 in key ways, such as viral-human interaction, viral structure and function, small molecule design, drug repurposing, and patient trajectory and outcomes.
Overall, strong computing power is a big help in the fight against coronavirus. Let us know what you think about this in the comments section below!