AMD donates EPYC CPUs, Radeon Instinct GPUs for COVID-19 research

To speed up the COVID-19 research, AMD is providing 15 million dollars worth EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct accelerators. With such processing power, the researchers can use its computing power to find a cure for the COVID-19 virus.

With the best of enterprise-grade EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct accelerators, researchers have a huge boost in computing power. The EPYC CPUs are based on Zen 2 architecture with up to 64-core and 128 threads.  The Lawrence Livermore National laboratory receives the Radeon Instinct M150 accelerators. These will enable the lab to set up a COVID-19 research supercomputer.

The company is also helping to install these via a team of HPC system providers.

The COVID-19 HPC Consortium

The company joined the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium. This is an initiative between IBM, Microsoft, Nvidia, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, BP Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud. It also includes several universities, national laboratories and Federal Agencies. At the time of writing, the consortium is providing 418 petaflops of data, 105,000 nodes, 41,000 CPUs, 3.8 million CPU cores spread used in 27 active projects. Its mission statement says:

The COVID-19 High-Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium is a unique private-public effort spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM to bring together federal government, industry, and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on their world-class machines.

Meanwhile on the other side of the grass…

Intel might not be a part of this consortium, but it is doing its part. The global processor giant is chipped in by providing 1 million dollars worth of personal protective equipment to its healthcare workers and local communities. Additionally, it provided an additional 50 million in aid as a part of its pandemic response technology initiative. This will help in diagnosis, treatment and vaccine development.

VIA: Hot Hardware

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