A national laboratory supercomputer used to model neutron star collisions now is peering into inner space to explore potential vulnerabilities in COVID-19. The Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), described by officials there as the world’s most powerful and smartest, is matching small-molecule drug compounds against the coronavirus in the hope of blunting the virus’s activities on two fronts.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded its high performance computing and communications contract to Fairfax, Virginia-based General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), the company stated in a release. Under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) 10-year, $553 million contract GDIT's managed affiliate CSRA LLC will support NOAA's supercomputing, known as the Research and Development High Performance Computing System, which is used for research and development. The support includes: labor, materials, high performance computing (HPC) components (e.g. equipment, software, facilities support) and technical expertise required to operate, maintain and enhance NOAA’s R&D HPCS.