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Why are supercomputers so important for COVID-19 research? NSF's Manish Parashar

Wednesday, May 6, 2020  
Posted by: Lisa Arafune
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Why are supercomputers so important for COVID-19 research?

We spoke with NSF's Manish Parashar to find out

April 14, 2020

In the midst of the current pandemic, researchers across the country are turning to the most powerful high-performance computing resources available to gain a better understanding of COVID-19.

In order to study how the virus interacts with the human body on an atomic level, as well as how it spreads from one person to another, researchers are developing detailed models of the virus’ structure and transmission that rely on complex simulations involving large amounts of data.

To perform the necessary calculations, researchers are increasingly turning to some of the most powerful and uniquely capable computing facilities in the world like the NSF-funded Frontera supercomputer located at The University of Texas at Austin. As a leading supporter of academic computing research and infrastructure, NSF is playing an important role in facilitating much-needed COVID-19 research.

We talked with Manish Parashar, head of NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, to discuss how NSF is marshaling its computing resources to contribute to COVID-19 research.

Founded in 1989, the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with 93 member institutions representing many of the nation’s most forward thinking universities and computing centers.