Tech giants are thronging to help fight against coronavirus joining the growing numbers of educational and research institute. It is an unprecedented effort in which “corporate america” and research institutes are extending helping hands to government for the war on coronavirus. A consortium is formed in which IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and Google are now joined by Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL), Argonne National Lab (ANL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) pooling together compute powers to fight coronavirus. This public-private COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium intends to unleash 330 petaflops of computing power for the research on SARS-COV-2 or COVID-19 (the form of coronavirus that caused recent pandemic that infected 300K+ people around the globe).
800 petaflops of computing power to fight the dangerous microbe
This is unparalleled: world have never seen so much compute powers put together for the greater-good of humanity. The dangerous microbe that rendered the world in a grinding halt is about to get it’s dirty secretes revealed. FoldingatHome  which uses crowdsource computing resources for scientific research now has over 470petaflops of computing power at it’s disposal to reveal the dirty secretes of the dangerous microbes “COVID-19” . Couple that with the combined computing power of 330 petaflops from the recently formed public-private HPC (High Performance Computing) consortium , you get nearly 1.8M cpu cores and 100K of GPU cores and counting. Researchers are encouraged to submit proposal for both FoldingatHome and HPC consortium to bring the best of what they could do with the arsenals of computing powers at their disposal. To submit a proposal for HPC consortium, please visit https://covid19-hpc.mybluemix.net/ .
IBM: With it’s arsenals of Supercomputing powers and expertise in computing intricacies, IBM is a major player in this war against the COVID-19. A brief about IBM’s contribution is available at https://newsroom.ibm.com/IBM-helps-bring-supercomputers-into-the-global-fight-against-COVID-19
AWS: The cloud giant has dedicated $20M toward the development of diagnostics, including a more accurate, faster coronavirus test  and launched Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI) site to access this fund. The DDI website is available at https://aws.amazon.com/government-education/nonprofits/disaster-response/diagnostic-dev-initiative/
- Microsoft: The tech giant has initiated a number of programs including it’s AI support for Open COVID-19 Research or CORD-19 through Microsoft Academic available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/academic/articles/microsoft-academic-resources-and-their-application-to-covid-19-research/
Google: The search giant already have a website dedicated to COVID-19 and available at https://www.google.com/covid19/
“Decisive action from America’s science and technology enterprise is critical to prevent, detect, treat, and develop solutions to COVID-19. The White House will continue to be a strong partner in this all hands-on-deck approach. We thank each institution for voluntarily lending its expertise and innovation to this collaborative effort, and call on the United States research community to put artificial intelligence technologies to work in answering key scientific questions about the novel Coronavirus,” said Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, The White House .
AI enabled Open COVID-19 Research
In response to the call, IBM, Amazon (AWS), Microsoft and Google joined many other research institutes specifically Allen Institute for AI to enlisted AI enabled COVID-19 dataset. The newly formed COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) forum  will provide a free AI-enabled open database to global researchers for quicker, surer access to resources relating to coronavirus and how to stop it. CORD-19 takes advantages of AI tools to organize more than 44,000 scholarly articles about the COVID-19 disease and the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes it . This dataset enables researchers around the world to apply recent advances in natural language processing to generate new insights in support of the fight against this infectious disease . Details about this datasets and other information is available at https://pages.semanticscholar.org/coronavirus-research .
The logo of COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) (Courtesy: CORD-19)
- Innovaxtech, 2020. Lend your CPU and GPU to Crowdsource Computer Networks for the fight against COVID-19. Available online at https://innovaxtech.com/index.php/en/blog-list/technology/cpu-gpu-crowdsource-computer-networks-covid-19
- HOTHARDWARE,2020. Folding@home Flexes 470 PetaFLOPS Compute, Surpassing Top Supercomputers In COVID-19 Research Push. Available online at https://hothardware.com/news/foldinghome-flexes-470-petaflops-compute
- COVID-19 HPC, 2020. The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. Available online at https://covid19-hpc.mybluemix.net/
- White House, 2020. Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset. Available online at https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/call-action-tech-community-new-machine-readable-covid-19-dataset/
- CORD-19, 2020. COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19). Available online at https://pages.semanticscholar.org/coronavirus-research
- GeekWire, 2020. AI2 and Microsoft join the White House’s push to enlist AI for the war on coronavirus. Available online at https://www.geekwire.com/2020/ai2-microsoft-team-tech-leaders-use-ai-war-coronavirus/
- FierceHealthcare, 2020. Amazon, Microsoft launch initiatives to accelerate COVID-19 research and testing. Available online at https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/tech/amazon-microsoft-launch-initiatives-to-accelerate-covid-19-research-and-testing