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AMD donates HPC systems to fight Covid-19 pandemic

by Mark Tyson on 2 June 2020, 12:11


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AMD has announced that it has delivered several complete high performance computing (HPC) systems for Covid-19 research. The first beneficiaries of the AMD HPC Fund for Covid-19 research are; New York University (NYU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Rice University. Of course these supercomputer clusters utilise AMD technologies such as AMD Epyc CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs.

In addition to the donations to the above three institutions, AMD will contribute a cloud-based system powered by AMD Epyc and Radeon Instinct processors, to be located on-site at Penguin Computing. This resource will provide remote supercomputing capabilities for selected researchers around the world (via the cloud). In all the NYU, MIT, Rice University, and Penguin Computing machines provide >7 petaflops of compute power.

AMD CEO Dr Lisa Su said that HPC systems, like the ones donated, are hugely important to viral research, and will help accelerate the development of "potential therapeutics and vaccines". Su added that once the Covid-19 crisis is over, the HPC systems will support future medical research.

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