Two Atos supercomputers in Czech Republic made available to support COVID-19 research

Prague, April 7, 2020

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, today announces that its two supercomputers at IT4Innovations, the national supercomputing center at the VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, have been made available to researchers and businesses conducting research related to COVID-19. These researchers have the opportunity for privileged access to computing time on Atos supercomputers Anselm, which was launched in 2013 and Barbora, installed in October 2019.

“We encourage researchers to apply if they are currently engaged in research on COVID-19. We have primarily offered our computing capacity to some of our major users, such as the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAC and CEITEC. But others can apply too. In addition, projects supported do not necessarily need to be focused on just drug development but may also be the development of nanomaterials to support the fight against coronavirus or to model the spread of the epidemic” says Vít Vondrák, IT4Innovations’ Managing Director.

“In the Czech Republic, we have great researchers who can greatly help with the management of this pandemic and its consequences using high-performance computers for useful calculations. With a joint performance of about 1 PFlop per second, our supercomputers can count thousands of times faster than standard computers, enabling scientists to now save so much valuable time” said Vladek Šlezingr, CEO at Atos in the Czech Republic, who designed and delivered the Atos supercomputers Anselm and Barbora.

Project applications can be made directly at this link: “Allocation of computing time by decision of the Directorate”.

To read our expert’s insights in the topic, go to our recent blog post: Covid-19: in a race against the clock