European HPC ecosystem rallies to support the fight against COVID-19

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While medical professionals are working around the clock to help those affected by COVID-19, PRACE partners, HPC centres, and research infrastructures are doing their bit by opening up their facilities for urgent/priority access to the HPC systems and other resources to support the research to combat the coronavirus. Below we are listing these initiatives. We will keep this page up to date as information on further initiatives becomes available. Contact us if you want your initiative featured on this page and promoted via our social media channels.

PRACE has opened a Fast Track Call for Proposals here.

PRACE Partners

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), Germany

GCS, the alliance of Germany’s three national supercomputing centres, will be helping researchers working on COVID-19-related research gain expedited access to computing resources. This includes access to the petascale High-Performance Computing infrastructures at the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ). Read more here.

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CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland

CSC is participating in the efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic and reserves resources for activities that support this work. Read more here.
CSC will also support the Global COVID-19 Biohackathon together with ELIXIR & European Bioinformatics Communities. Read more here.

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Grand équipement national de calcul intensif (GENCI), France

As part of the research efforts conducted at national level to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, GENCI provides French academic and industrial researchers with its computing and storage resources for their work in modelling / simulation, data processing, and the use of artificial intelligence. Read more here.

Irish centre for High-Performance Computing (ICHEC), Ireland

ICHEC will expedite access for all scientific and academic research relating to Covid-19 on the national high-performance computer (HPC), “KAY”. Researchers with approved projects will be given fast-track access to HPC. Read more here.

Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum (VSC), Belgium

The last weeks a number of research groups are actively working to fight the COVID-19 epidemic in different ways. Also, an important number of companies have groundbreaking ideas on this topic. VSC, the Flemish Supercomputer Center, as an HPC resource centre, wants to support these efforts by opening a special call for accessing computing resources on the VSC HPC infrastructure for Flemish research. Read more here.

IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, Czech Republic

The IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava offers its users from academic institutions priority access to its computational resources to solve problems regarding COVID-19 disease research. Read more here.

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Computing Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia

The scientific community worldwide is currently focused on solving problems related to the spread of the COVID 19 disease. SAS Center of Operations – Computing Center is planning to join this effort by providing priority machine time and premium technical support for scientific projects linked to this subject. Read more here.

CSCS, Switzerland

CSCS supports special national and international calls to study COVID-19. Together with its team and the supercomputer “Piz Daint”, CSCS will contribute to research in the fight against COVID-19. Read more here.

European Commission request for expressions of interest SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020

On 30 January 2020, the European Commission launched a request for expressions of interest entitled “SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020: Advancing knowledge for the clinical and public health response to the [COVID-19] epidemic” with a budget of €10 million subsequently increased to €47.5 million. Read more here.

17 Horizon 2020 research projects on coronavirus are short-listed for funding. This list of 17 includes Exscalate4CoV (E4C) EXaSCalesmArtpLatformAgainstpaThogEnsforCoronaVirus lead by Dompé farmaceutici (Italy), with the involvement of PRACE partners CINECA (Italy), BSC (Spain), Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany), and KTH (Sweden).

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Further information on research projects and initiatives to tackle the spread of coronavirus and preparedness for other outbreaks, can be found on a dedicated page created by the European Commission.

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Research Infrastructures

ERF

The Association of European-Level Research Infrastructures Facilities (ERF-AISBL) has launched a questionnaire to collected information on the specific services that research infrastructures have set-up in response to the pandemic. The outcome of the questionnaire is published here.

ESFRI

The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has announced a dedicated page with services and tools provided by national and European Research Infrastructures to scientists, medical personnel in the field and health system administrators fighting COVID-19.

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Beyond Europe

Canada

D-Wave Systems Inc., announced the immediate availability of free access to its quantum systems via the Leap quantum cloud service for anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Joining the effort are partners and customers including CINECA (PRACE Partner), DENSO, Forschungszentrum Jülich (PRACE Partner), Kyocera Corporation, KYOCERA Communication Systems, MDR/Cliffhanger, Menten AI, NEC Solution Innovators Ltd., OTI Lumionics, QAR Lab at LMU Munich, Sigma-i, Tohoku University, and Volkswagen, who will provide access to engineering teams with expertise on how to use the quantum computer and formulate problems, as well as help in developing solutions. Read more here

United States of America

In the USA the White House announced the launch of the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful High-Performance Computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus. Read more here.

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Japan

Researchers at Riken’s Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research have recently analysed the structural dynamics of the main protease of SARS-CoV-2. They used the MDGRAPE-4A dedicated drug discovery supercomputer. The results are published and accessible for other researchers. The data can be accesses here.

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The supercomputer Fugaku, which is currently being installed in Kobe, Japan under a RIKEN-led project, will be put to use to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, by giving priority to research selected by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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Singapore

Singapore’s National Supercomputing Resources has opened a special COVID-19 call for Singapore scientists. Read more here.

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South Africa

The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) is willing and ready to make compute resources available for dedicated COVID19 research. Read more here.

Russia

An international research team of scientists – from Russia, Finland, Italy, China, Japan and Canada is using a recently upgraded HPC system at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences to develop diagnostics and treatment against COVID-19 coronavirus infection that became the cause of global pandemic.

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Australia

NCI Australia and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre have announced an accelerated access initiative, offering streamlined, prioritised and expedited access to computation and data resources to support the national and international research community undertaking COVID-19 research. Read more here.

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