What’s the skinny? Earlier today, AMD announced that it’s starting its second round of high-performance technology contributions to assist in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. AMD has donated the equivalent of 12 petaflops of supercomputer horsepower to 21 institutions and research facilities conducting COVID-19 research.
“AMD is proud to be working with leading global research institutions to bring the power of high performance computing technology to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic,” said Mark Papermaster, executive vice president and chief technology officer, AMD. “These donations of AMD EPYC and Radeon Instinct processors will help researchers not only deepen their understanding of COVID-19, but also help improve our ability to respond to future potential threats to global health.”
AMD expects the second round of computing capacity to be operational by Q4 of this year. The new computing power, once operational, will be used in various ways in the fight against COVID-19, including genomics, vaccine development, transmission science, and modeling. The research projects range from evolutionary modeling of the virus to the understanding of the virus spike protein activation that occurs before the first interaction between the coronavirus and human cell, and large scale fluid dynamics simulations of COVID-19 droplets as they travel through the air. AMD is also starting a COVID-19 workgroup for HPC recipients and AMD engineers to discuss research and hardware/software optimizations to accelerate their collective work.
“This new partnership is critical in helping the University of Toronto accelerate research on COVID-19 and develop innovations that will mitigate the impact of the pandemic on communities,” said Alex Mihailidis, associate vice-President of International Partnerships. “The donation of cutting-edge computing resources will allow the University of Toronto and our affiliated hospitals expand our current infrastructure and launch SciNet4Health, a platform that can securely process big data sets of private health information to advance the discovery of therapies, vaccines and disease mutations. This donation brings us one step closer to the healthcare of the future.”
Recipients of AMD’s COVID-19 HPC fund to date
To date, the AMD COVID-19 HPC fund has donated computing systems or cloud-based computing capacity to: Cambridge University, Carnegie Mellon, GENCI / French National High-Performance Computing Agency, Harvard Children’s Hospital, High-Performance Computing Center (HLRS) / the University of Stuttgart, MIT, NYU, CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute in India, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), Rice, Stanford School of Medicine, Texas State University, The University of British Columbia, The University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, University of Arkansas, University of Toronto, University of Trento, University of Vermont, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Washington University.