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How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19

By Nextgov

January 5, 2021

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More than a decade of research advanced by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photo Source at Argonne National Laboratory played a role in the development of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Argonne researchers leveraged supercomputing capabilities to determine how various individuals responded to Covid-19.

Said Argonne's Robert Fischetti, "Argonne computer scientists have identified at least 50 molecules that could be effective treatments against the virus, and as part of the National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory, a collaboration between national labs, have zeroed in on a drug compound that attacks a key part of the virus. Argonne scientists are now using those machine learning techniques to analyze the new mutation of the virus that has been seen in the U.K."

In addition to Argonne's, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Corona supercomputer and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit supercomputer are part of the nation's Covid-19 High Performance Computing Consortium.

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