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AMD Donates HPC Systems to fight COVID-19

AMD CEO Lisa Su

AMD has announced a COVID-19 HPC fund to provide research institutions with computing resources to accelerate medical research on COVID-19 and other diseases. The fund will include an initial donation of $15 million of high-performance systems powered by AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs to key research institutions.

To ease the implementation and speed the useful impact from these donations, we are working with our HPC system provider partners to provide ready-to-install HPC nodes. Research institutions should contact AMD at COVID-19HPC@amd.com to submit proposals for access to these nodes.

In related news, AMD has joined the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. This 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 government, industry, and university leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on world-class supercomputers to help fight the global pandemic.

AMD is contributing technology and technical resources, including AMD Radeon Instinct MI50 accelerators and support resources for the “Corona” system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. These resources nearly double the peak system performance, providing additional computing power for molecular modeling in support of COVID-19 research.

Researchers are invited to submit COVID-19-related research proposals to the consortium via this online portal. Proposals will be evaluated by the consortium for assignment to appropriate computing resources.

Supporting Our Global Communities

AMD is dedicated to helping our global communities during this challenging time:

  • Contributing more than $1 million to charities and foundations on the front lines of the fight, including the Chinese Red Cross Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Europe, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Austin Community Foundation in the United States as well as local organizations in our communities in Canada, India, Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Secured and donated hundreds of thousands of masks to medical professionals.
  • Donating an additional $1 million through a 2:1 employee gift matching for specific organizations providing COVID-19 humanitarian relief efforts.
  • For AMD medical customers, the company is prioritizing and expediting product shipments including AMD embedded processors used in ventilators and respirators.

AMD remains focused on providing strong and unwavering support to our employees, customers and the communities around the world we call home,” said AMD CEO Lisa Su. “We look forward to continued partnership and shared resilience as we persevere and become a stronger global community.”

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