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COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium Enters New Phase Focused on Helping Researchers to Identify Potential Therapies for Patients

Second phase of operation will prioritize research projects with potential to help patients within the next six months

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium, a unique public-private effort to make supercomputing power available to researchers working on projects related to COVID-19, today announced that it has entered into a new phase of operation focused on helping researchers to identify potential near term therapies for patients afflicted by the virus.

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In this new phase, the Consortium plans to sharpen its focus on research projects that hold the potential to help improve patient outcomes within a six-month timeframe. This transition is due in part to the fact that there is now a greater volume of COVID-19 data available, creating more possibilities to potentially help patients than when the Consortium was launched in March 2020.

Created by IBM, The White House, and the US Department of Energy, the HPC Consortium brings together computing resources, software and services to help researchers everywhere better understand COVID-19, its treatments and potential cures. The Consortium has 43 members and has received more than 175 research proposals from researchers in more than 15 countries.

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In its second phase of operation, the Consortium is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in projects focused on:

  • Understanding and modeling patient response to the virus using large clinical datasets
  • Learning and validating vaccine response models from multiple clinical trials
  • Evaluating combination therapies using repurposed molecules
  • Epidemiological models driven by large multi-modal datasets

“In just eight months, we’ve brought together an unprecedented scale of computing power to support COVID-19 research, and dozens of projects have already utilized these resources,” said Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research. “At this stage, the Consortium partners believe that our combined computing resources now hold the potential to benefit patients in the near-term, as well as offering the potential for longer-term scientific breakthroughs.”

“The Department of Energy is proud to play a significant role towards ending COVID-19,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “The second phase of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium can potentially provide tangible results to those affected by the virus, and we look forward to delivering these results to the American people.”

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