Lessons learned from urgent computing in Europe: Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic

PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States
November 16, 2021; vol. 118 no. 46


Lessons learned from urgent computing in Europe: Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic
Núria López, Luigi Del Debbio, Marc Baaden, Matej Praprotnik, Laura Grigori, Catarina Simões, Serge Bogaerts, Florian Berberich, Thomas Lippert, Janne Ignatius, Philippe Lavocat, Oriol Pineda, Maria Grazia Giuffreda, Sergi Girona, Dieter Kranzlmüller, Michael M. Resch, Gabriella Scipione, and Thomas Schulthess
PNAS November 16, 2021 118 (46) e2024891118; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2024891118
PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), an international not-for-profit association that brings together the five largest European supercomputing centers and involves 26 European countries, has allocated more than half a billion core hours to computer simulations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside experiments, these simulations are a pillar of research to assess the risks of different scenarios and investigate mitigation strategies. While the world deals with the subsequent waves of the pandemic, we present a reflection on the use of urgent supercomputing for global societal challenges and crisis management.