In order to contribute to the search for a cure for the Coronavirus, the National Research and Education Networks in Latin America, united through RedCLARA, and in partnership with SCALAC (Advanced Computing System for Latin America and the Caribbean), made available to researchers and scientists data processing capacity for research projects for free as a way of finding solutions to the pandemic.
The information of all the requests for computational resources for studies related to COVID-19 will be collected through the portal of the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing of Chile (NLHPC), which can be accessed at: https://covid19.nlhpc.cl.
Researchers who will have access to the service should pay attention to the following instructions:
- The web application is being provided by NLHPC, which is why the information shown (such as access and use policies) is related to the laboratory and may vary according to the computing center where the simulations are run.
- There are different types of accounts. For this reason, select the “investigación” (research) type.
- When the system asks for the name of the project(s) related to the application, simply delete the field or enter the name COVID and the code 00019.
- It is necessary to indicate that you know the scalability and attach any file. Take into account that the center where the simulations are being run could ask for this information later. Likewise, if you want to perform a test using the NLHPC infrastructure, before requesting resources, you can do it.
SCALAC, the Advanced Computing System for Latin America and the Caribbean, organizes and integrates a strategic infrastructure in the field of high performance computing based on an advanced architecture that includes both high performance computing (HPC) and scientific computing as high productivity (HTC). Although it was created by a declaration of intents on March 1, 2013, in the city of Bucaramanga, Colombia (with representatives of the different National Advanced Networks linked to RedCLARA and representatives of the National High Performance Computing Systems, Supercomputing Centers and the observation of international representatives), SCALAC has been legally registered in Costa Rica as a non-profit association since 2019. Its main objectives are the integration of advanced computing resources and the development of activities to strengthen the skills that will allow the development of projects of regional interest.