On March 22, 2020, IBM unveiled a collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA, and the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Amazon, and many others to launch the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium.
Together, the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium will deliver an unprecedented amount of computing power to help researchers everywhere better understand COVID-19, its treatments, and potential cures.
IBM Research director Dario Gil explained in a blog post:
“These high-performance computing systems allow researchers to run very large numbers of calculations in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modelling.”
Dario added that such experiments would take months if carried out on traditional computing platforms.
COVID-19 research teams will have unlimited access to about 16 computer systems with a combined 34,000 graphics processing units (GPU).
How Blockchain Is Helping Fight Coronavirus
The formation of the new conglomerate comes as news emerges that scientists deployed IBM’s Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the world’s fastest supercomputer, to simulate how a variety of molecules would interact with COVID-19.
Elsewhere, the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing, an alliance of Germany’s top three national supercomputing centres, announced that it would assist researchers working on coronavirus gain accelerated access to state-of-the-art computing resources.
More recently, Folding@home, a project launched on February 27 for advancing the research for the deadly Coronavirus, kick-started an initiative to uncover the mysteries behind COVID-19’s spike protein, which the virus uses to infect cells.
IBM Fully Embraces the Blockchain
In the last few months, IBM has heavily leveraged blockchain to resolve a host of issues in business and finance.
On March 20, 2019, IBM unveiled a near real-time global payments network based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) for regulated financial firms. The network is known as the Blockchain World Wire, and it facilitates a new way for cross-border payments and global settlements in seconds.
Moreover, IBM has used its blockchain solution to facilitate food traceability in Walmart stores for years now, as well as producers such as Nestlé and Albertsons.
IBM’s Food Trust, a network based on its own blockchain, allows merchants, logistics companies and producers to track merchandise across their supply chain.