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How EU projects work on supercomputing applications to help contain the corona virus pandemic

The Centres of Excellence in high-performance computing are working to improve supercomputing applications in many different areas: from life sciences to materials design, from climate research to global system science. A hot topic that affects many of the above-mentioned areas is, of course, the fight against the corona virus pandemic. This overview over the various ways in which EU projects are using supercomputing applications to support the global challenge of containing the pandemic.

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There are rather obvious challenges for those EU projects that are developing HPC applications for simulations in medicine or in the life sciences, like CompBioMed (Biomedicine), BioExcel (Biomolecular Research), and PerMedCoE (Personalized Medicine). But also other projects from scientific areas, that you would, at first sight, not directly relate to research on the pandemic, are developing and using appropriate applications to model the virus and its spread, and support policy makers with computing-heavy simulations. For example, did you know that researchers can simulate the possible spread of the virus on a local level, taking into account measures like closing shops or quarantining residents? This comprehensive article gives an overview over the various ways in which the EU funded high-performance computing projects BioExcel, CompBioMed, PerMedCoE, E-CAM, HiDALGO and EXCELLERAT are using supercomputing applications to tackle and support the global challenge of containing the pandemic: https://www.hpccoe.eu/index.php/2020/12/07/how-eu-projects-work-on-supercomputing-applications-to-help-contain-the-corona-virus-pandemic/

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HPC, high-performance computing, supercomputing, applications

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2 December 2020