• NASA plans to fight COVID-19 using supercomputers

    Date:24 March 2020 Author: ilhaam Bardien

    By now you know that the battle against the coronavirus pandemic has everyone on board in the search for possible treatments and vaccines. NASA has decided to join in on this effort, with their supercomputers.

    “I’m proud to announce that NASA is lending our supercomputing expertise to assist in the global fight against COVID-19, ” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement on Twitter.

    “For more than six decades the agency has used its expertise to take on challenges that have benefited people worldwide in unexpected ways,” he added.

    However, NASA has joined an initiative that aims to divert any extra computing resources to research dedicated to slowing the pandemic. The White House announced this effort on 23 March.

    “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 U.S. Cheif Technology Officer Micheal Kratsios in the White House statement.

    Other big names who have volunteered their resources for this effort are IBM, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and more.

    According to the statement made by The White House, each company partnering with the government will have a specific role to play. Of course, as mentioned before, NASA’s role is to provide powerful technology.

    Researchers working on projects related to COVID-19 are urged to send their proposals through. Once their proposals are reviewed, they will be assigned computing resources. A group of experts in sciences and computing will work alongside the researchers to access the public health benefits of their proposed work and to coordinate the allocation of computing assets.

    ” The sophisticated computing systems available through this 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.,” said The White House in their statement.

    Image: Facebook / NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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