In the battle against COVID-19, The University of Texas at Austin’s supercomputers are at the front lines.
Historically, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has served the state when called upon, using resources such as Frontera — the world’s most powerful computing system on a university campus — to work on improved models for chemical attacks, Hurricane Harvey, the West Nile virus and swine flu.
Now, TACC has turned its efforts to stopping COVID-19. It’s an arms race to flatten the curve and TACC is providing the supercomputing power needed to better understand the virus and its spread, expose its underlying weaknesses, and ultimately, fight back.
Supercomputers are essential when trying to combat a pandemic quickly. Calculations or simulations that take regular computers days, months or even years to complete can be done by supercomputers in mere minutes or hours.