Federal News Network: Emerging tech offices come together on long-term plan to combat coronavirus

Emerging technology programs across the federal government have come together under the common goal of fighting the spread of the coronavirus.

While agencies have spent a considerable amount of time fielding artificial intelligence for projects much less ambitious than a global pandemic, AI and other tools such as supercomputing and advanced data analytics will play a significant, if not understated role, in the Trump administration’s long-term response to COVID-19, the disease caused by this strain of the virus…

The White House on Sunday launched COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium to give coronavirus researchers access to the world’s most powerful supercomputers “that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus.”

The consortium brings together 16 systems that collectively offer 330 petaflops of supercomputing capacity that can process huge numbers of calculations to aid epidemiologists.

“America is coming together to fight COVID-19, and that means unleashing the full capacity of our world-class supercomputers to rapidly advance scientific research for treatments and a vaccine,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios said in a statement Sunday.

The consortium features leadership from NASA, the Energy Department’s national labs and the National Science Foundation, as well as private-sector partners like IBM, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. Read the full article here.

Source: Emerging tech offices come together on long-term plan to combat coronavirus – By Jory Heckman, March 25, 2020. Federal News Network.

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