Category : Technology
When it comes to fighting the coronavirus pandemic, there is no prescription but the involvement of all possible means - both to prevent the spread of infection and to seek a cure for CoVID-19.
The American government finally understood that coronavirus is not a small temporary obstacle, but a serious problem on a global scale and is engaging more forces. We have recently learned that doctors will be helped by military forces, including USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) floating hospitals, and if necessary mobile so-called tent hospitals, and now scientists also got access to IBM supercomputers and the possibilities of cloud computing for giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google.
COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium can even be used to work on pandemic spread models or to look for a cure for coronavirus-induced disease. According to Dario Gil, director of IBM Research: - Combining the capabilities of supercomputers into one consortium of partners, we can offer above average computing power to scientists, medical centers or government agencies so that they can respond to the circumstances.
What power are we talking about here? It is enough to mention that supercomputers of this type can occupy entire floors of buildings and consume as much energy as entire cities, and all to perform the most complex calculations and tasks, such as simulations of nuclear explosions, global climate changes or space physics. They are also very useful in medical facilities, because thanks to them work on new drugs is going much more efficiently - that's what the consortium counts to find a cure for coronavirus as soon as possible.
We would also like to remind you that this is not the only initiative of this type and we have just written about Folding @ home, a group of scientists from Stanford University who want to help in the fight against coronavirus using external computers connected to the network. They want to use the computing power of internet-connected computers to simulate the complex process of protein folding that can help find effective therapy for many diseases, such as Alzheimer, cancer, SARS and the current coronavirus.