LRZ to help COVID-19 researchers access HPC resources

17 Mar 2020 Munich - Scientists pursuing research aimed at prevention, containment, remediation, or cures related to the coronavirus pandemic will be given expedited access to HPC resources at LRZ as part of GCS, Germany's three national supercomputing centres. Effective immediately, LRZ will be helping researchers working on COVID-19 gain expedited access to computing resources. This includes access to SuperMUC-NG, the petascale high-performance computing infrastructures. Also available to scientist are the LRZ Compute Cloud and the LRZ Linux Cluster amongst others.

Recognizing the urgency of the need for new strategies to contain the global pandemic, LRZ has committed to fast-tracking applications for COVID-19 related computing time, minimizing all hurdles during the application process. This applies to research at the molecular level to understand the virus and develop vaccines and therapeutics, epidemiological research to understand and forecast disease spread, and other related approaches aimed at understanding and halting the pandemic.

"Computational approaches can provide unique and critical insights into the biology and transmission of disease", stated Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Director of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre and GCS Chair. "LRZ and GCS are committed to doing everything we can to support the fight against the coronavirus, providing computing time as well as technical support to investigators working to contain its effects."

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