Computing Power Provisions Started for COVID-19 Analysis Project

A.L.I. Technologies Inc. (Main office: Tokyo, Minato-ku; CEO: Daisuke Katano; hereinafter A.L.I.), in collaboration with Japan Benex Corporation (Main office: Nagasaki Prefecture, Isahaya City; CEO: Yohei Kobayashi; hereinafter Japan Benex) have started providing shared computing *1 power(Folding@home*2) to a COVID-19 analysis project (hereinafter: this analysis project.)

This computer power is provided by the computing power sharing platform*3 developed and operated by A.L.I. in cooperation with AMD Japan (Main office: Tokyo, Chiyoda-ku).

Image source: Folding@home website

This analysis project, through molecular dynamics simulations*4 within a distributed computing environment, will contribute to the analysis of, and the development of drugs to combat COVID-19, which is causing serious damage on a global scale.

A.L.I. is developing a shared computing business, operating servers with thousands of GPUs (high speed computing units specialized for real-time image processing) distributed at multiple locations in Japan. They operate a server equipped with more than 300 AMD GPUs within the Japan Benex’s headquarters, and utilizes the electricity generated by the company’s solar power generation equipment. With the support of Japan Benex, A.L.I. will contribute all of the computing power of that server to the Folding@home project.
At A.L.I., we provide our GPU servers for use in the fields of rendering in the computer graphics production process, and for the learning phase of deep learning. We will promote research that extends to molecular dynamics simulation and fluid dynamics analysis.
A.L.I. will continue to provide easy access to computing power to individuals and companies that require it for growth, and contribute to the development of the society of the future.

*1) A computer mechanism which allows a single program to be operated on multiple computers simultaneously to increase the output speed as compared with a single computer.

*2) A distributed computing project launched by Stanford University in 2000, provided by volunteers.

*3) A service that provides high-speed and low-cost processing that requires a great deal of computing power, such as computer graphics production and deep learning, using a processor on the cloud that can be shared by many users.

*4) A computer that reproduces the movement of molecules and atoms.

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