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Supercomputer JURECA

Concentrated computing power against SARS-CoV-2

The first vaccines authorised for use are raising hopes for an end to the pandemic. What is still missing, however, is an effective cure. In the European joint project EXSCALATE4CORONAVIRUS (E4C), scientists are searching for molecules that block central proteins of the coronavirus. In a recent publication – which resulted from an academic collaboration of scientists consisting of E4C, the “Human Brain Project” and other European research institutions – the team headed by Prof. Giulia Rossetti from Jülich reports a method to predict more precisely which molecules inhibit “Mpro”, the main protease of SARS-CoV-2.

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Corona-Compliance Teaser

Compliance with Coronavirus Measures

Jülich, 9 February 2021 – One year after the COVID-19 pandemic began, Germany is once again in lockdown and no-one knows for how long. Calculations by Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) show why it is so important for as many people as possible to limit their contacts. It will only be possible to significantly reduce the number of infections within a few weeks if the overwhelming majority of the population actually adheres to the contact restrictions. In the calculated scenarios, this only succeeds when the contact restrictions are comparatively strict, and even then only if a large majority of the population adheres to those contact restrictions.

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Supercomputer Made in Jülich Setting New Benchmarks

Forschungszentrum Jülich’s upgraded supercomputer JUWELS is now capable of 85 petaflops. This is equivalent to 85 quadrillion computing operations per second or the computing power of more than 300,000 modern PCs. Thanks to its new booster module, JUWELS is able to massively expand the application limits of simulations and also offers the strongest platform in Europe for the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

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BSTIM für Covid-19

New Model for District-Based Coronavirus Forecasts

Jülich / Osnabrück, 23 September 2020 – Neuroinformatics scientists at Osnabrück University and data specialists at Forschungszentrum Jülich are releasing new model results daily to forecast COVID-19 infections. The results include estimates updated daily of the reported new infections and a 5-day forecast for every German district, and are available at The predictions are based on data from the Robert Koch Institute, which are statistically analysed using a new model weighted by probability that was developed by Osnabrück’s neuroinformatics scientists on high-performance computers at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC).

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Vertragsunterzeichnung JUNIQ

Launch of JUNIQ

Jülich, 25 October 2019 - "We are counting on quantum computers" is the guiding principle at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, where JUNIQ, the new "Jülich UNified Infrastructure for Quantum computing" has been put into operation. The go-ahead was given with the official signing of a user contract, for a quantum annealer from the Canadian quantum computer manufacturer D-Wave, making Forschungszentrum Jülich the first Leap™ cloud-based quantum site in Europe. The event was opened with a greeting by Annette Storsberg, State Secretary from the Ministry of Culture and Science.

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Prof. Dr. Kristel Michielsen

Forschungszentrum Jülich Contributed to Google’s Demonstration of Quantum Supremacy

Jülich, 23 October 2019 – After rumors had been spreading for weeks, now it’s official. Google and collaborators, including Forschungszentrum Jülich, have achieved a milestone in quantum computing called quantum supremacy as the researchers claim in the renowned journal “Nature”. The term marks the moment when a quantum computer, for the first time, outperforms state-of-the-art conventional computers for a specific task.

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