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NVIDIA joins Covid High Performance Computing Consortium group,will give researchers access to 30 supercomputers

The GPU-maker will also lend expertise in computational modelling of biological systems and AI.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Apr 08, 2020, 06.42 PM IST

The California-based company compared the effort to combat the pandemic, with the space race, that played itself out during the Cold War era.

The first wave of coronavirus infections has caused many deaths around the world.

Technology, however, could augment the efforts of healthcare workers as they struggle to contain the pandemic, especially in clusters where the number of patients in need of critical care exceeds hospital capacity.

Tech companies are pooling in their computing resources to fight Covid-19, including efforts to map potential hotspots by sifting through metadata like that from cell phone towers, public health records, and other sources.

GPU-maker NVIDIA announced that it has joined the Covid-19 High Performance Computing Consortium group, and that it would support researchers by giving them access to 30 supercomputers that boast a combined performance of 400 petaflops.

NVIDIA will also lend their expertise in computational modelling of biological systems, artificial intelligence, and other resources, including its own SaturnV supercomputer to help researchers tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The California-based company compared the effort to combat the pandemic, with the space race, that played itself out during the Cold War era. By beefing up the computing power available to scientists, NVIDIA reckons that the time to successfully render data models would be substantially reduced.

NVIDIA has made other contributions to coronavirus research. As many as 27,000 of its GPUs are inside the Summit supercomputer. While medical professionals scramble to devise a vaccine, computer-based modelling could serve to help administrators manage the pandemic and minimize casualties by better utilizing available resources.

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Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (C) showed his benevolent side as he pitched in to help the world fight the novel coronavirus. The founder of e-commerce major, Alibaba, Ma became the most talked about business figure after he said that he would marshall all available resources at his disposal to take on Covid-19. From donating emergency supplies (1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka in Asia to donating 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits in each of the 54 African countries, the 55-year-old proved that he was a good Samaritan whose charity was not mapped by geographical boundaries. And even as the business magnate didn’t have India in his list of beneficiaries, there was much talk in the country about his act of generosity. And what followed were natural questions: who among India’s rich was doing a Jack Ma?And it’s not just one individual, but a bunch of lion-hearted boardroom tycoons who have taken the pledge to help fight the virus that has thrown life off-track, in India and across the world.

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