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March 23, 2020 | Tom Ballard

ORNL computing capacity part of national consortium focused on COVID-19 pandemic

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a key participant in a new initiative to unleash the power of America’s supercomputing resources to combat COVID-19.

Announced late Sunday during a daily briefing from the White House, the “COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium” will provide researchers working on the coronavirus with access to the world’s most powerful high performance computing resources to significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus.

As noted in this news release, the new effort “currently pools 16 systems that together offer over 330 petaflops of supercomputing capacity. Additional capacity, including cloud computing resources, will be added through present and future partners.” In addition to ORNL, the initiative involves four other Department of Energy laboratories, two other federal agencies, two universities, and four industry giants.

ORNL’s Summit tops the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers, delivering 148.6 petaflops in the latest tests.

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