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BP has joined a consortium that was formed in March 2020 by the US White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the US Department of Energy and IBM to answer scientific questions about COVID-19 in hours or days versus weeks or months.

The consortium also comprises universities and technology companies to help researchers halt the spread of COVID-19.

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BP has donated its high-performance computing power and scientific expertise to the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium to accelerate research on the global pandemic

Researchers will have access to BP’s Center for High-Performance Computing in Houston. The supercomputer has 16.3 petaflops of computing capability, processes more than 16 million billion calculations per second and completes a problem in an hour that would take a laptop nine years.

BP’s Biosciences Center in San Diego, California will also be leveraged to come up with solutions to stop the virus.

David Eyton, executive vice president of innovation and engineering at BP, said: “The world is rallying together in response to this pandemic and our biosciences experts, computer scientists and mathematicians are proud to play their part by supporting groundbreaking and potentially life-saving research.

“We’re all in this together and BP is working with governments and communities to do everything we can to help fight this pandemic.”

Click here for more information about the consortium.