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.

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PRACE Partners

CINECA, Italy

The Associazione Big Data (ABD) promotes fast access to HPC supercomputing facilities owned and managed by the members of the Association for projects that aim to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The members of the ABD that joined the action, CINECA, CMCC, ENEA, INFN-CNAF, almost represent the whole HPC capability at national Italian level. Read more here.

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

ERAvsCorona Action Plan

During an informal videoconference of 7 April 2020, Ministers responsible for research and innovation supported the first 10 priority actions of the first ERAvsCorona Action Plan which resulted from dialogues between the Commission services and the national ministries. Read more here

EUvsVirus Challenge – Hackathon

The European Commission, led by the European Innovation Council and in close collaboration with the EU member states, will host a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges. 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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Data Sharing Initiatives

COVID-19 Molecular Structure and Therapeutics Hub

The COVID-19 Molecular Structure and Therapeutics Hub led by MolSSI in the USA and BioExcel in Europe aggregates critical information to accelerate drug discovery for the molecular modeling and simulation community. Go to the Hub here.

COVID-19 Data Portal

The aim of the COVID-19 Data Portal is to facilitate data sharing and analysis, and to accelerate coronavirus research. Go to the Portal here.

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Research Infrastructures & e-Infrastructures

GÉANT

GÉANT collects the COVID-19 initiatives from their community here.

EGI

The EGI call for COVID-19 research projects is now open.

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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