AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund Adds 18 Institutions and Five Petaflops of Supercomputer Processing Power to Assist Researchers Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic

High per­for­mance AMD EPYC CPUs and Rade­on Instinct GPUs to power COVID-19 focu­sed rese­arch at Stan­ford School of Medi­ci­ne, The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Aus­tin, UCLA, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to and other insti­tu­ti­ons across the U.S., Euro­pe, and India



AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announ­ced a second round of high-per­for­mance tech­no­lo­gy con­tri­bu­ti­ons to assist in the glo­bal fight against the COVID-19 pan­de­mic. AMD is now con­tri­bu­ting high-end com­pu­ting sys­tems or access to Pen­gu­in-On-Demand (POD) cloud-based clus­ters powe­red by 2nd  Gen AMD EPYC™ and AMD Rade­on Instinct™ pro­ces­sors to 21 insti­tu­ti­ons and rese­arch faci­li­ties con­duc­ting COVID-19 rese­arch. With 12 peta­flops of total super­com­pu­ting capa­ci­ty now awar­ded, the com­bi­ned com­pu­te capa­ci­ty dona­ted through the AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund would rank among the fas­test super­com­pu­ters in the world accord­ing to the most recent Top500 list.

AMD is proud to be working with lea­ding glo­bal rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons to bring the power of high per­for­mance com­pu­ting tech­no­lo­gy to the fight against the coro­na­vi­rus pan­de­mic,” said Mark Paper­mas­ter, exe­cu­ti­ve vice pre­si­dent and chief tech­no­lo­gy offi­cer, AMD. “The­se dona­ti­ons of AMD EPYC and Rade­on Instinct pro­ces­sors will help rese­ar­chers not only deepen their under­stan­ding of COVID-19, but also help impro­ve our abi­li­ty to respond to future poten­ti­al thre­ats to glo­bal health.”

The AMD COVID-19 HPC fund was estab­lis­hed to pro­vi­de rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons with com­pu­ting resour­ces to acce­le­ra­te medi­cal rese­arch on COVID-19 and other dise­a­ses. In addi­ti­on to the dona­ti­ons of $15 mil­li­on of high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting sys­tems, AMD has con­tri­bu­t­ed tech­no­lo­gy and tech­ni­cal resour­ces to near­ly dou­ble the peak sys­tem of the “Coro­na” sys­tem at Law­rence Liver­mo­re Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry which is being used to pro­vi­de addi­tio­nal com­pu­ting power for mole­cu­lar mode­ling in sup­port of COVID-19 research.

The second round of AMD-dona­ted com­pu­te capa­ci­ty is expec­ted to be ope­ra­tio­nal star­ting in Q4 of this year and will be used for a num­ber of pan­de­mic-rela­ted workloads inclu­ding geno­mics, vac­ci­ne deve­lo­p­ment, trans­mis­si­on sci­ence, and mode­ling. Rese­arch pro­jects ran­ge from evo­lu­tio­na­ry mode­ling of the virus, to under­stan­ding the virus spike pro­te­in acti­va­ti­on that occurs pri­or to first inter­ac­tion bet­ween the coro­na­vi­rus and human cell, and lar­ge sca­le flu­id dyna­mics simu­la­ti­ons of COVID-19 dro­p­lets as they tra­vel through the air. To maxi­mi­ze the impact of the rese­arch, AMD is also initia­ting a working group for COVID-19 HPC Fund reci­pi­ents and AMD engi­neers to joint­ly dis­cuss rese­arch are­as and fin­dings as well as hard­ware and soft­ware opti­miz­a­ti­ons that can acce­le­ra­te their collec­ti­ve work.

To date, the AMD COVID-19 HPC fund has dona­ted com­pu­ting sys­tems or cloud-based com­pu­ting capa­ci­ty to: Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty, Car­ne­gie Mel­lon, GENCI / French Natio­nal High-Per­for­mance Com­pu­ting Agen­cy, Har­vard Children’s Hos­pi­tal, High Per­for­mance Com­pu­ting Cen­ter (HLRS) / the Uni­ver­si­ty of Stutt­gart, MIT, NYU, CSIR Fourth Para­digm Insti­tu­te in India, Leib­niz Super­com­pu­ting Cent­re (LRZ), Rice, Stan­ford School of Medi­ci­ne, Texas Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty, The Uni­ver­si­ty of Bri­tish Colum­bia, The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Aus­tin, UCLA, Uni­ver­si­ty of Arkan­sas, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Uni­ver­si­ty of Tren­to, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ver­mont, Vir­gi­nia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­si­ty, and Washing­ton University.

AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund Recipient Support

Stan­ford School of Medicine

We are very gra­te­ful to recei­ve AMD’s dona­ti­on of high per­for­mance ser­vers. The diver­se evo­lu­ti­on of COVID-19 epi­de­mics in various parts of the world rai­ses nume­rous, time-cri­ti­cal, loca­ti­on-spe­ci­fic, poli­cy-rele­vant ques­ti­ons,” said Dr. Jere­my Gold­ha­ber-Fie­bert, asso­cia­te pro­fes­sor of Medi­ci­ne and core facul­ty mem­ber of Stan­ford Health Poli­cy. “Com­pu­ta­tio­nal power like that pro­vi­ded by AMD allows our team to attempt to ans­wer such ques­ti­on more quick­ly, more deeply, and for more places.”


UCLA is gra­te­ful for the generous gift from AMD, which will make an important impact on our rese­arch at UCLA,” said Todd Yea­tes, pro­fes­sor of bio­che­mi­stry and direc­tor of the UCLA-DOE Insti­tu­te for Geno­mics and Pro­teo­mics. “We have nume­rous rese­arch groups working on diver­se aspects of the COVID19 pro­blem, from epi­de­mio­lo­gy to mole­cu­lar stu­dies aimed at deve­lo­ping the­ra­peu­tics and vac­ci­nes. Many of tho­se stu­dies are limi­ted by com­pu­ting needs. This new inf­lux of power will be an oppor­tu­ni­ty for UCLA and AMD to work tog­e­ther in explo­i­t­ing their pro­ces­sor tech­no­lo­gies in new are­as of com­pu­ta­tio­nal research.”

UT Aus­tin

AMD CPUs and GPUs will allow our rese­ar­chers to expand the scope of their COVID-19 work while also hel­ping them acce­le­ra­te their time­li­ness signi­fi­cant­ly,” said UT’s Inte­rim Vice Pre­si­dent for Rese­arch Ali­son R. Pres­ton. “This inclu­des ever­ything from iden­ti­fy­ing viral spike pro­te­in muta­ti­ons that could help impro­ve vac­ci­nes to using machi­ne lear­ning tech­no­lo­gy to stu­dy COVID dise­a­se seve­ri­ty in pati­ents of all ages, from new­borns to the elderly.”

Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto

This new part­ners­hip is cri­ti­cal in hel­ping the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to acce­le­ra­te rese­arch on COVID-19 and deve­lop inno­va­tions that will miti­ga­te the impact of the pan­de­mic on com­mu­nities,” said Alex Mihai­li­dis, asso­cia­te vice-Pre­si­dent of Inter­na­tio­nal Part­ners­hips. “The dona­ti­on of cut­ting-edge com­pu­ting resour­ces will allow the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to and our affi­lia­ted hos­pi­tals expand our cur­rent infra­st­ruc­tu­re and launch SciNet4Health, a plat­form that can secu­re­ly pro­cess big data sets of pri­va­te health infor­ma­ti­on to advan­ce the dis­co­very of the­ra­pies, vac­ci­nes and dise­a­se muta­ti­ons. This dona­ti­on brings us one step clo­ser to the health­ca­re of the future.”

AMD Eco­sys­tem Partners

AMD con­ti­nues to work with well-known HPC and AI solu­ti­ons firm Pen­gu­in Com­pu­ting®, a divi­si­on of SMART Glo­bal Hol­dings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGH), to defi­ne, build, and deli­ver on-pre­mi­ses sys­tems and Pen­gu­in Computing’s POD clus­ters, powe­red by AMD. Pen­gu­in Computing’s POD sup­port is col­lo­ca­ted in data cen­ter space dona­ted by DataB­ank. Con­tri­bu­ti­ons from Giga­byte™, Nvi­dia Net­wor­king, and others are also sup­por­ting the AMD HPC Fund.

Pen­gu­in Com­pu­ting is proud to announ­ce that the first peta­flop of com­pu­te capa­ci­ty in our dat­a­cen­ter is now online and avail­ab­le for rese­ar­chers to begin advan­cing the sci­ence of pan­de­mic rese­arch to help find new ways to fight COVID-19. We look for­ward to con­ti­nuing to sup­port AMD and the latest round of uni­ver­si­ties and labs to par­ti­ci­pa­te in this glo­bal effort with Pen­gu­in Computing’s app­li­ca­ti­ons and tech­no­lo­gy exper­ti­se,” said Sid Mair, Pre­si­dent, Pen­gu­in Com­pu­ting Inc.

Giga­byte is sup­ply­ing its G291-Z20 com­pu­te nodes for the Pen­gu­in Com­pu­ting clus­ters, built around a sin­gle, 48-core AMD EPYC 7642 pro­ces­sor pai­red with eight Rade­on Instinct™ MI50 GPU acce­le­ra­tors. The sys­tem R182-Z91 manage­ment nodes, also from Giga­byte, each uti­li­ze two 16-core, AMD EPYC 7302 processors.

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About AMD

For more than 50 years AMD has dri­ven inno­va­ti­on in high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting, gra­phics and visua­liz­a­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies ― the buil­ding blocks for gaming, immer­si­ve plat­forms and the dat­a­cen­ter. Hund­reds of mil­li­ons of con­su­mers, lea­ding For­tu­ne 500 busi­nes­ses and cut­ting-edge sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch faci­li­ties around the world rely on AMD tech­no­lo­gy dai­ly to impro­ve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focu­sed on buil­ding gre­at pro­ducts that push the bounda­ries of what is pos­si­ble. For more infor­ma­ti­on about how AMD is enab­ling today and inspi­ring tomor­row, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMDweb­siteblogFace­book and Twit­ter pages.


AMD, the AMD logo, EPYC, AMD Instinct, Rade­on Instinct, and com­bi­na­ti­ons the­re­of are trade­marks of Advan­ced Micro Devices, Inc. GIGABYTE is a trade­mark of GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. Pen­gu­in Com­pu­ting is a regis­tered trade­mark of Pen­gu­in Com­pu­ting, Inc. Other pro­duct names used in this publi­ca­ti­on are for iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on pur­po­ses only and may be trade­marks of their respec­ti­ve companies.

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