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COVID-19 How we can all help
As a result of the global pandemic caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus or 2019-nCoV), we at BIOS IT are keen to do what we can to help. The sooner analysts can understand the protein make-up and composition of the Coronavirus, the sooner experts can develop of a successful vaccine.
High-performance computers the world over are being put through their paces we speak, by research groups and data analysts who are working around the clock to combat the coronavirus pandemic – simulating the virus using advanced AI and machine learning techniques. However, the vital compute resource needed during this global emergency is overstretched and more computation power is needed.
Which is where you come in.
By downloading and running Stanford University’s [email protected] software, your computer pools with tens of thousands of others to create a supercomputer built to fight coronavirus. The concept is known as distributed computing, where individual computers solve small computation tasks that are combined to solve the bigger, complex problem.
The best bit is, that it’s so easy to run, you don’t need to be a techie to be able to run it!
What is [email protected]?
Researchers at Stanford University have created a crowdsourced distributed computing platform called [email protected] which works by connecting the unused processing power of laptops, desktop computers and gaming consoles as well as HPC, all over the world. Once connected to each other, these remote resources create a virtual supercomputer which can be used by COVID-19 researchers.
From [email protected] director Greg Bowman “By downloading [email protected], you can donate your unused computational resources to the [email protected] Consortium, where researchers working to advance our understanding of the structures of potential drug targets for 2019-nCoV that could aid in the design of new therapies. The data you help us generate will be quickly and openly disseminated as part of an open science collaboration of multiple laboratories around the world, giving researchers new tools that may unlock new opportunities for developing lifesaving drugs.”
How is BIOS IT helping?
BIOS IT has teamed up with vScaler, to donate over 25,000 core compute hours per week. With many of our customers in the HPC industry, we’re imploring those of you with additional compute resource to spare to do the same. Our experts estimate that the typical HPC customer is only using 80%-90% of their total cluster performance at any one time. We are reaching out to or customers to collectively target these CPU and GPU cores.
Hopefully together we can end the pandemic sooner.
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