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Rescale Partners with Google Cloud and Azure to Offer Cloud HPC for COVID-19 Researchers

Today Rescale, in cooperation with Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, announced a new program that immediately offers high performance computing resources at no cost to teams working to develop test kits and vaccines for COVID-19. “Those working on coronavirus vaccines and testing who would benefit from HPC in the cloud at no cost should apply at techagainstcovid.com. Researchers can rapidly run simulations in the cloud without setup time or IT teams using Rescale’s turnkey platform combined with cloud computing resources from Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.”

Alibaba Cloud Offers AI Cloud Services to Help Battle COVID-19 Globally

Today the Alibaba Cloud announced it has offered medical personnel around the world a set of advanced cloud-based technology applications in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Included are artificial intelligence-enhanced innovations based on learnings and insights garnered during the initial outbreak of the virus. “The series of cloud-native anti-coronavirus solutions stem from joint efforts of Alibaba Cloud’s solution experts, scientists and researchers from Alibaba DAMO Academy and the technical team at DingTalk, one of the platforms UNESCO has tabbed as facilitating distance learning during the coronavirus outbreak.”

OnScale Offering Free Cloud Core-Hours to Engineers Working from Home

Today OnScale announced that it will provide free cloud core-hours to customers to promote customer safety and mitigate any productivity loss due to office shutdowns. “OnScale will offer free cloud core-hours to our customers who are currently working from home because of the coronavirus outbreak and don’t have access to their hardware and the OnScale engineering simulation platform.”

AMD Powers Azure HBv2 Virtual Machines for HPC Workloads

The AMD and Microsoft partnership continues to expand this week with the launch of Microsoft Azure NVv4 Virtual Machines. Powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC  Processors and AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs, the powerful new VMs are now generally available to customers in South Central US, East US, and West Europe regions, with additional regions planned for the coming months. “These VMs, the first in the industry to be powered by both AMD EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs, enable customers to scale virtual desktops in the cloud that support a variety of workloads.”

GigaIO Brings FabreX to vScaler Cloud Platform

Today GigaIO announced availability of FabreX for vScaler’s management interface. As the industry’s first in-memory network, FabreX will bolster vScaler’s cloud appliances for artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, biotechnology and big data analytics. “GigaIO entered a strategic partnership with vScaler in November 2019 to bring their excellent user interface and ease of use into the FabreX environment,” says Alan Benjamin, CEO of GigaIO. “FabreX’s integration with vScaler delivers an elegant and straight forward way for customers to improve resource utilization and create highly-composable, unified infrastructures. I am thrilled this optimization has finally come to fruition and is available to the general public.”

Meero offers free large file transfers to make working from home easier

In order to facilitate the remote working required by the recent developments of COVID-19 worldwide, Meero is increasing the storage capacity and validity duration of files shared via MeeroDrop, with up to 10 Gigabytes and 3 months of validity, features typically only available in the advanced version of the website. “We’re all affected by what’s been happening. At Meero, we’re encouraging our teams to work from home in all our offices around the world,” says Thomas Rebaud, CEO, Meero. “We’ve been using these tools that we developed in-house to stay connected and collaborate. Now is the time to make them accessible to as many people as possible. With MeeroDrop, we hope to do what we can to make it easier to work from home during these difficult times.”

How Supersonic Commercial Flight is Possible with Big Compute

In this video from Big Compute 2020, Blake Scholl from Boom Supersonic describes how high performance computing in the cloud has opened a new era of high-speed flight. “We’ve done about 66 million core hours of computing, mainly through Rescale since we started the design effort on XB-1. And if you asked yourself what that would look like and wind tunnel testing, it would be financially and timewise just absolutely impractical.”

Qumulo Offers Free Cloud Software to help Fight the COVID-19 Outbreak

Today Qumulo announced it is offering its cloud-native file software, for free, to public and private sector medical and healthcare research organizations that are working to minimize the spread and impact of the COVID-19 virus. “Using Qumulo’s software to manage and understand petabytes of data real-time, medical and research organizations around the world can work together and leverage the power of the cloud and hybrid environments to fight COVID-19,” said Bill Richter, president and CEO of Qumulo.

Schrödinger Taps Google Cloud HPC Solution to Bolster Drug Discovery

Schrödinger has entered into a three-year agreement with Google Cloud to substantially increase the speed and capacity of its physics-based computational platform for drug discovery. “We’re excited to harness Google Cloud’s highly scalable system to run extensive free energy calculations to assess binding affinities through our compute-intensive FEP+ application. This partnership also enables us to further leverage BigQuery to analyze important molecular properties nearly instantaneously,” said Shane Brauner, Schrödinger’s Chief Information Officer. “This partnership is expected to allow us to expand the use of our physics-based computational platform to continue to rapidly explore very large swaths of chemical space.”