Quote:The novel coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge for scientists: The speed at which the virus spreads means they must accelerate their research.But this is what the world's fastest supercomputer was built for.Summit, IBM's supercomputer equipped with the "brain of AI," ran thousands of simulations to analyze which drug compounds might effectively stop the virus from infecting host cells.The supercomputer identified 77 of them. It's a promising step toward creating the most effective treatment.Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory published their findings in the journal ChemRxiv.Summit was built to solve the world's problemsSummit was commissioned by the US Department of Energy in 2014 for the purpose it's serving now -- solving the world's problems.It's got the power of 200 petaflops, which means it has the computing speed of 200 quadrillion calculations per second, aka: It's 1 million times more powerful than the fastest laptop.
Quote:The number of coronavirus cases in the West is skyrocketing, and countries have announced drastic measures, including school closures and lockdowns.The outbreak hit many countries in Asia several weeks earlier - and some have been praised for containing the number of infections. For example, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan all kept case numbers relatively low - despite their proximity to mainland China.What did they do differently - and are there any lessons for other countries?Lesson one: Take it seriously - and act quicklyHealth experts agree on the same measures for containing the outbreak - test widely, isolate those infected, and encourage social distancing. Such measures are being adopted to varying degrees in the West now - but a key difference is that many countries didn't act as quickly."The UK and US lost an opportunity," says Tikki Pangestu, a former director of research policy at the World Health Organization (WHO). "They had two months from what happened in China, yet there was this perception that 'China is very far away and nothing's going to happen'."
Quote:We would like to announce that due to the situation with COVID-19 and the postponement of the Nurburgring 24-hour race event, we will not be hosting the Gran Turismo World Tour ‘Nurburging’ event previously scheduled for May 22-23, 2020.Additionally it has been decided that the Online Season due end with Rd.10 of Stage 1 on 18th-19th April (previously referred to as Stage 1) will be removed from the official rankings and henceforth referred to as an Exhibition Stage.Furthermore, we will be changing the start of the official 2020 Series to April 25.On April 25, 2020, the 2020 FIA Gran Turismo Championship will officially start anew.The Championship Overview page below will be updated with the details regarding the future championship structure and schedule (as well World Tour selection) as soon as details have been decided.