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Primeur weekly 2020-04-06

Quantum computing

D-Wave provides free quantum Cloud access for global response to COVID-19 ...

To tune up your quantum computer, better call an AI mechanic ...

Focus on Europe

Russian scientists within a multi-national research team use JSCC RAS supercomputer to develop treatment against COVID-19 coronavirus infection ...

IRB Barcelona collaborates with Amazon in the development of a computational tool ...

Researchers develop a computer simulator that recreates the spread of COVID-19 in Europe ...

Using European supercomputing to treat the coronavirus ...

Corona / COVID-19 pandemic leading to massive uptick in demand for computing capacity ...

Middleware

WekaIO recognized in the 2020 CRN Partner Programme Guide ...

Hardware

Inspur's storage system ranks top two in the SPC Benchmark 1 performance test ...

GRC appoints former Schneider Electric executive to Board of Directors ...

Supermicro provides third quarter of fiscal 2020 business update ...

Intersect360 Research to issue new HPC market guidance ...

NERSC, ESnet continue to deliver supercomputing and networking support for US' scientists during pandemic ...

SiFive to present at Virtual Linley Spring Processor Conference ...

Applications

A new way to fine-tune exotic materials: Thin, stretch and clamp ...

Arkansas researchers developing prediction models for coronavirus ...

Artificial intelligence to predict corona-patients' risk of needing ventilators ...

ACM Prize in Computing awarded to AlphaGo developer ...

Scalable algorithms for many applications ...

Using artificial intelligence to learn more about RAGE receptors ...

How at risk are you of getting a virus on an airplane? ...

COVID-19 related research at Berkeley Lab ...

The Cloud

Oracle continues to invest in Canada and opens second Canadian Cloud region in Montreal ...

Lenovo delivers smarter Edge to Cloud infrastructure solutions to unlock data insights ...

ImmunityBio Combines Supercomputing Power With Microsoft Azure to Target Infection “Doorway” of the Coronavirus ...

COVID-19 related research at Berkeley Lab


Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU).
3 Apr 2020 Berkeley - Scientists around the world are joining together to study the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 and to expedite the development of possible vaccines and treatments to prevent its infectious disease, named COVID-19. At the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, some unique capabilities and facilities are being called into action quickly to assist in the national COVID-19 response.

"Many in the Berkeley Lab community are eager to contribute; this is what makes the Lab such a great place to work", stated Lab Director Mike Witherell. "Our goal is to identify areas in which we can use our unique resources to make the greatest impact on time-sensitive COVID-19 research. We are being careful to take on critical research we can do within the constraints imposed by the status of our site, and while ensuring the health and safety of staff and community."

Currently, the only research-related projects underway at Berkeley Lab during its "safe and stable standby" status are those defined as "critical work". This includes work that ensures the long-term integrity of equipment and samples.

In addition, these COVID-19 related research efforts are underway.

The Advanced Light Source (ALS) and Molecular Foundry are conducting approved essential research with external collaborating researchers that may help in developing therapeutics to combat COVID-19. This week, the ALS will begin operating a limited number of scientific instruments known as beamlines for three days a week to accommodate several academic and industry user groups, in a remote access mode. These groups are pursuing structural biology work on non-infectious protein components of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

A Stanford-based group is working with Molecular Foundry staff to synthesize peptidomimetic polymers, or peptoids. These materials have the potential to serve as packages for antiviral agents, or as antiviral agents themselves, against COVID-19.

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) - which can be accessed remotely - have remained operational because of their roles in supporting the computing and data science research at all the DOE laboratories. NERSC is contributing resources to the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. ESnet is providing scientists robust, high-bandwidth access to the power of DOE supercomputer centers like NERSC and enabling research efforts into the COVID-19 pandemic. NERSC has set up dedicated queues running COVID-19-related research projects on Cori, a Cray XC40 supercomputer able to perform nearly 30 quadrillion calculations per second.

The Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) will be operating on a limited basis to temporarily support a company in scaling up a coronavirus antiviral - work that was begun prior to the Lab stand down.

Experts in high-throughput automation from the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) have been bringing their expertise to a broad effort at UC Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute to develop a robotic testing lab.

"We'll be looking for more opportunities to contribute to the national COVID-19 response in the weeks and months ahead", Mike Witherell stated.

The ALS, Molecular Foundry, JGI, NERSC, and ESnet are DOE Office of Science User Facilities located at Berkeley Lab.
Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2020-04-06

Quantum computing

D-Wave provides free quantum Cloud access for global response to COVID-19 ...

To tune up your quantum computer, better call an AI mechanic ...

Focus on Europe

Russian scientists within a multi-national research team use JSCC RAS supercomputer to develop treatment against COVID-19 coronavirus infection ...

IRB Barcelona collaborates with Amazon in the development of a computational tool ...

Researchers develop a computer simulator that recreates the spread of COVID-19 in Europe ...

Using European supercomputing to treat the coronavirus ...

Corona / COVID-19 pandemic leading to massive uptick in demand for computing capacity ...

Middleware

WekaIO recognized in the 2020 CRN Partner Programme Guide ...

Hardware

Inspur's storage system ranks top two in the SPC Benchmark 1 performance test ...

GRC appoints former Schneider Electric executive to Board of Directors ...

Supermicro provides third quarter of fiscal 2020 business update ...

Intersect360 Research to issue new HPC market guidance ...

NERSC, ESnet continue to deliver supercomputing and networking support for US' scientists during pandemic ...

SiFive to present at Virtual Linley Spring Processor Conference ...

Applications

A new way to fine-tune exotic materials: Thin, stretch and clamp ...

Arkansas researchers developing prediction models for coronavirus ...

Artificial intelligence to predict corona-patients' risk of needing ventilators ...

ACM Prize in Computing awarded to AlphaGo developer ...

Scalable algorithms for many applications ...

Using artificial intelligence to learn more about RAGE receptors ...

How at risk are you of getting a virus on an airplane? ...

COVID-19 related research at Berkeley Lab ...

The Cloud

Oracle continues to invest in Canada and opens second Canadian Cloud region in Montreal ...

Lenovo delivers smarter Edge to Cloud infrastructure solutions to unlock data insights ...

ImmunityBio Combines Supercomputing Power With Microsoft Azure to Target Infection “Doorway” of the Coronavirus ...