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XSEDE joins HPC Consortium for COVID-19 Research


XSEDE and the XRAS system have been called upon to connect researchers to an unprecedented nationwide network of supercomputing resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


XSEDE and the XSEDE Resource Allocations System (XRAS) are proud to be contributing to the newly-announced COVID-19 HPC Consortium from The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, a private/government/academic partnership that seeks to expedite applications for advanced computing research to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Researchers who are interested in conducting this timely work are asked to submit research proposals to the COVID-19 Online Portal here, which is handled by the XRAS team.

You can read the full release below, and visit the dedicated COVID-19 HPC Consortium webpage here.

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is a unique private-public effort spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM to bring together federal government, industry, and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on their world-class machines.


Consortium partners include:



  • IBM

  • Amazon Web Services

  • Google Cloud

  • Microsoft



  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Department of Energy National Laboratories

  • Argonne National Laboratory

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Sandia National Laboratories


Federal Agencies

  • National Science Foundation

  • NASA


Researchers are invited to submit COVID-19 related research proposals to the consortium via this online portal, which will then be reviewed for matching with computing resources from one of the partner institutions. An expert panel comprised of top scientists and computing researchers will work with proposers to assess the public health benefit of the work, with emphasis on projects that can ensure rapid results.

Fighting COVID-19 will require extensive research in areas like bioinformatics, epidemiology, and molecular modeling to understand the threat we're facing and form strategies to address it. This work demands a massive amount of computational capacity. The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium helps aggregate computing capabilities from the world's most powerful and advanced computers to help COVID-19 researchers execute complex computational research programs to help fight the virus.