AMD pledges $15M to advance supercomputing in fight against coronavirus

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

AMD announced a second round of high-performance technology contributions to assist in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“AMD is proud to be working with leading global research institutions to bring the power of high performance computing technology to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic,” said Mark Papermaster, executive vice president and chief technology officer, AMD. “These donations of AMD EPYC and Radeon Instinct processors will help researchers not only deepen their understanding of COVID-19, but also help improve our ability to respond to future potential threats to global health.”

Prof. Haris Vikalo of Texas ECE will benefit from the contributions in his research to "enable discovery of disease transmission patterns based on analysis of genomic data, provide accurate identification of transmission clusters, and enable detection of critical nodes in a network of pathogen hosts while also providing insight into pathogen mutation processes that occur during the spread of the disease."

Dr. Haris Vikalo is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and holds the Jack Kilby / Texas Instruments Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Computer Engineering.

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