NVIDIA amps up fight against COVID-19 with Ampere-based supercomputer

NVIDIA's new Ampere-based DGX A100 supercomputer will super-charge the fight against COVID-19.

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Published Thu, May 14 2020 9:28 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

NVIDIA launched its next generation Ampere GPU architecture during its online GTC 2020 keynote, with company founder and CEO Jensen Huang delivering the GPU Technology Conference 2020 keynote from his house.

The first GPU on the Ampere architecture announced was the new A100, which you can read all about right here -- as well as the new DGX A100 supercomputer, which you can read about here. The new DGX A100 supercomputer is an absolutely beast, rolling out as a third-generation AI supercomputer from NVIDIA super-charged by the Ampere GPU architecture and ridiculously fast A100 GPU.

NVIDIA's new DGX A100 supercomputer is now helping the fight against COVID-19, with Rick Stevens, associate laboratory director for Computing, Environment and Life Sciences at Argonne, explaining: "We're using America's most powerful supercomputers in the fight against COVID-19, running AI models and simulations on the latest technology available, like the NVIDIA DGX A100".

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Stevens added: "The compute power of the new DGX A100 systems coming to Argonne will help researchers explore treatments and vaccines and study the spread of the virus, enabling scientists to do years' worth of AI-accelerated work in months or days".

Kimberly Powell, the Vice President of Healthcare at NVIDIA, explained that once the new DGX A100 supercomputer is installed and operational in Argonne, researchers will "be able to screen 1 billion drugs in under 24 hours". Without the super-charged computing power, this task would take closer to a year to complete.

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Powell explains: "This supercomputer is going to combine both accelerated computing and artificial intelligence. Critical applications in molecular dynamics simulation, where you can understand how molecules interact with drugs, how to interfere with the virus protein binds to the cell protein and how to block it with a molecule. And then how can we screen as many drugs as possible so we can more quickly get that drug candidate into experimentation and into clinical trials".

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