Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY Published 7:42 p.m. ET March 22, 2020 | Updated 8:54 p.m. ET March 22, 2020CLOSEIBM is looking to supercomputers to help find a cure to the COVID-19 virus, with a consortium that includes many top universities and labs, Amazon, Google and Microsoft, according to President Donald Trump, who announced it in the daily COVID-19 task force briefing at the White House on Sunday. “We are going to unleash the power of supercomputers to fight,” the virus, said Trump.IBM calls it the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium and says it will bring an “unprecedented amount” of computing power – with more than 265 petaflops, 775,000 CPU cores, 34,000 GPUs, and counting –  “to help researchers everywhere better understand COVID-19, its treatments and potential cures.”For context, there are about a million gigabytes in a petaflop. CPUs are the processors that function as the brains of computers, and GPUs, like the processors used for gaming functions on a gaming console, can quickly render data-heavy graphics, images and video.  Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research, says these high-performance computing systems allow researchers to run very large numbers of calculations in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling. “These experiments would take years to complete if


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