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White House Launches Supercomputing Consortium to Fight COVID-19

March 23, 2020 / Brandi Vincent

The Trump administration unveiled a new initiative to help researchers worldwide harness a range of America’s most powerful high-performance supercomputing resources to deliberately accelerate new discoveries in the fight against COVID-19. Through the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, scientists can tap into 16 of America’s top computing systems. Those systems will be made available by participating national laboratories, agencies, companies and academic institutions that have volunteered to share free compute time and resources—all to help put an end to the global health emergency. The new consortium was spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Energy Department, and tech-giant IBM over the last week.