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Tech giants aim supercomputers, clouds at finding a COVID-19 cure

Hoping to speed research that results in a COVID-19 cure, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has launched a consortium of high tech, academic and government agencies that will work in concert on a number of projects coordinated by IBM and the Department of Energy.

The technology heart of these projects will be over a dozen or more supercomputers, most notably the IBM Summit system housed in Oak Ridge National Laboratory. IBM had already been working with the Lab’s researchers along with the DOE and the University of Tennessee (UT) to narrow down from 8,000 to 77 the number of compounds that are likely to bind to what is called the main “spike” protein of the coronavirus.

“Those 77 compounds are now being investigated with classical chemistry and biology techniques are being examined by people at Oak Ridge and University of Tennessee,” said Dave Turek, vice president of HPC and cognitive systems at IBM. “This is the power of accelerating discovery through computation.”

But the newly formed COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium (HPC), which includes 14 members, will largely build on the work IBM, Oak Ridge and UT had done. Other tech companies in the group include AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft.

“What we are bringing together is a very broad public-private partnership to provide COVID-19 researchers from around the world with access to the world’s most powerful high-performance supercomputer resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus,” said Paul Dabbar, undersecretary for science at DOE, in a media briefing on Tuesday.

Dabbar added that all researchers are invited to submit COVID-19 research proposals to the consortium via the online portal, which will then be reviewed and matched with computing resources from all the participating public and private partners.

The consortium members working with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the DOE will have access to 16 systems with 330 petaflops, 775,000 CPU cores and 34,000 GPUs. IBM and the national labs will offer their computing resources for free.

Tech companies aim to lower COVID-19 test costs

Earlier this week, AWS unveiled a new diagnostic development unit that will work with 35 business partners to create a less expensive test for the COVID-19 virus. The company said it will pour $20 million for those customers working on diagnostic tools. The intent of the effort, called the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative, is to strengthen collaboration among customers that will be funded with AWS “in-kind” credits and technical support.

AWS officials added that the program will not support administrative workloads in terms of running everyday IT operations, but added the program is open to all medical researchers and privately held companies that also will have access to AWS research workloads and diagnostic development tools.

“We’re proud to support this critical work and stand ready with the compute power of AWS to help accelerate research and development efforts,” said Teresa Carlson, vice president of worldwide public sector at AWS, in a prepared statement. “Working together, government, business and academic leaders can utilize the power of the cloud to advance the pace of scientific discovery and innovation and help combat the COVID-19 virus.”

AWS has something of an ulterior motive in launching the program as Amazon needs significantly more COVID-19 tests for its workforce and mammoth warehouses to keep the e-commerce part of the business up and running.

The AWS initiative comes on the heels of programs from Google Cloud and Microsoft. Like IBM, Microsoft launched a program that offers free high-performance computing resources to other vendors and organizations working to develop test kits and vaccines for COVID-19. The company’s AI for Health program makes grants available that ensures access to the company’s Azure cloud along with high-performance computers.

Google Cloud has established a 24-hour incident response team that will stay in constant contact with the World Health Organization, and Google’s senior leadership team in order to make vital decisions about its offices spread around the world.

Private-public alliance key to finding a COVID-19 cure

Some analysts and consultants are encouraged by the newly formed consortium, along with the AWS initiative, saying it is a much-needed step in the right direction.

IBM and the government, which have 20 computing data centers … have open access to look for vaccines and other cures through simulation and analysis… maybe technology gives us all a better chance to get through this.
Frank DzubeckPresident, Communications Network Architects

“IBM and the government, which have 20 computing data centers, are now set up to have open access to look for vaccines and other cures through simulation and analysis,” said Frank Dzubeck, president of Communications Network Architects, consultants in Washington, D.C. “And along with the AWS announcement addressing another important issue — inexpensive and quick testing — maybe technology gives us all a better chance to get through this.”

The goal of the IBM-DOE led consortium is to pool the supercomputing capacity under all 14 of the partners in the consortium and offer “extraordinary supercomputing power” to scientists, medical researchers and a number of government agencies, said Dario Gil, director of IBM Research.

“So, now we have to work with the consortium partners to evaluate proposals from researchers around the world for the projects that could have the most immediate impact,” Gil said.

Among the 14 members of the COVID-19 HPC Consortium are academic institutions MIT and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; national laboratories that include the Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (which houses IBM’s Sierra supercomputer, the second fastest computer in the world), Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories; and NASA and the National Science Foundation, among federal agencies.

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For Sale – 4U Silenced Custom Server

Here I have for sale my old lab ESXi host, which after a house move is now surplus to requirements.

The host itself is comprised of the following components:

– X-Case 4u Case
– Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard
– E5-2670 Xeon Processor (8 Core @ 2.60Ghz)
– 16GB (2 x 8GB Dimm) 1333Mhz Registered ECC Memory
– Noctua NH-U9DX i4 Xeon Cooler
– Corsair G650M Power Supply

Not latest tech by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly more than enough for the majority of home use cases.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS / PPG
Location: Newbury
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For Sale – 4U Silenced Custom Server

Here I have for sale my old lab ESXi host, which after a house move is now surplus to requirements.

The host itself is comprised of the following components:

– X-Case 4u Case
– Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard
– E5-2670 Xeon Processor (8 Core @ 2.60Ghz)
– 16GB (2 x 8GB Dimm) 1333Mhz Registered ECC Memory
– Noctua NH-U9DX i4 Xeon Cooler
– Corsair G650M Power Supply

Not latest tech by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly more than enough for the majority of home use cases.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS / PPG
Location: Newbury
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – 4U Silenced Custom Server

Here I have for sale my old lab ESXi host, which after a house move is now surplus to requirements.

The host itself is comprised of the following components:

– X-Case 4u Case
– Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard
– E5-2670 Xeon Processor (8 Core @ 2.60Ghz)
– 16GB (2 x 8GB Dimm) 1333Mhz Registered ECC Memory
– Noctua NH-U9DX i4 Xeon Cooler
– Corsair G650M Power Supply

Not latest tech by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly more than enough for the majority of home use cases.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS / PPG
Location: Newbury
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Watercooled i7-4790K build

I’m moving house and need funds for other priorities. I have all my AV gear for sale on here too.

Built with my own hands.

All components were bought from either CCL Computers or Scan.

Asus Z97-P
Intel i7-4790K (delidded running without HS with CPU Delid Die Guard for LGA115X)
G.Skill TridentX 16GB (2x8GB) 2400MHz DDR3 RAM
Sapphire Radeon R9 380 NITRO 4GB
Samsung EVO 850 120GB Solid State Drive
EVGA 750W G2
Core P5 Thermaltake Tempered Glass Open Frame Glass PC Gaming Case
Thermaltake TT Gaming Riser Cable 200mm PCI-E 3.0 X16
EK DuraClear 3M Clear Water Cooling Tubing 9.5mm/15.9mm
EK-Supremacy MX CPU block
EK 140 Revo D5 PWM Pump
EK-RES X3 250 Reservoir
Thermaltake Pacific CL420 Copper Water Cooling Radiator
EK 120mm Vardar F3-120 Fan x 3
EK-XTOP Revo D5 Plexi Pump Top
Gelid Solutions 1-to-4 PWM Fan Splitter

I have boxes for Motherboard, CPU, RAM, GPU, PSU (including all unused cables), Radiator, Pump, Fans, CPU block, Reservoir, SSD. This was a project I built over time so components are varying in age – this was mostly used as a Emby server for my NAS. Completely overspecced for what I used it for but I like quality components and something that looks nice.

All works beautifully. I will need to format the SSD and you will need to install O/S.

Price and currency: 525
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Payment method: BT, PPG
Location: Brighouse, West Yorkshire
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For Sale – Lots of stuff X35 g-sync macbook pro 2603v4 xeon Imac surface laptop 2666MHZ 16GB 2333Mhz ECC memory

Hello,

I am a hoarder, and I still have alot of stuff stored in my parents house they need rid of (can’t blame them). I’m not a trader just a hoarder and I need some stuff gone. Offers welcome on the memory 2x16GB 2666Mhz and 2x16GB 2133p ECC server/workstation memory.

Imac Retina 27″ late 2014
I5
16GB
512GB SSD
Very nice machine with a 5K screen, still looks like new

Macbook pro
Mid 2014
I7 4770HQ
16GB
256GB SSD
Still looks like new

Surface Laptop
I5
8GB
256GB SSD
In warranty until March 2019

HP Omen X35 G-sync display
Still sealed, purchased 2 but only got around to using 1, this one for sale is still sealed (100mhz 4MS response).

Intel Xeon 2603V4
Has a HPE Proliant case but can be removed if not using in a HPE server

I can delivery items near the Sheffield Area (will be happy to post the memory or processor).
Link to images.
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Price and currency: £900 macbook / £720 surface laptop / 2603v4 xeon £160 / Omen X35 £660 / Imac Retina £1000 /
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash on delivery pref
Location: sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
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For Sale – Lots of stuff X35 g-sync macbook pro 2603v4 xeon Imac surface laptop 2666MHZ 16GB 2333Mhz ECC memory

Hello,

I am a hoarder, and I still have alot of stuff stored in my parents house they need rid of (can’t blame them). I’m not a trader just a hoarder and I need some stuff gone. Offers welcome on the memory 2x16GB 2666Mhz and 2x16GB 2133p ECC server/workstation memory.

Imac Retina 27″ late 2014
I5
16GB
512GB SSD
Very nice machine with a 5K screen, still looks like new

Macbook pro
Mid 2014
I7 4770HQ
16GB
256GB SSD
Still looks like new

Surface Laptop
I5
8GB
256GB SSD
In warranty until March 2019

HP Omen X35 G-sync display
Still sealed, purchased 2 but only got around to using 1, this one for sale is still sealed (100mhz 4MS response).

Intel Xeon 2603V4
Has a HPE Proliant case but can be removed if not using in a HPE server

I can delivery items near the Sheffield Area (will be happy to post the memory or processor).
Link to images.
Imgur

Price and currency: £900 macbook / £720 surface laptop / 2603v4 xeon £160 / Omen X35 £660 / Imac Retina £1000 /
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash on delivery pref
Location: sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Lots of stuff X35 g-sync macbook pro 2603v4 xeon Imac surface laptop 2666MHZ 16GB 2333Mhz ECC memory

Hello,

I am a hoarder, and I still have alot of stuff stored in my parents house they need rid of (can’t blame them). I’m not a trader just a hoarder and I need some stuff gone. Offers welcome on the memory 2x16GB 2666Mhz and 2x16GB 2133p ECC server/workstation memory.

Imac Retina 27″ late 2014
I5
16GB
512GB SSD
Very nice machine with a 5K screen, still looks like new

Macbook pro
Mid 2014
I7 4770HQ
16GB
256GB SSD
Still looks like new

Surface Laptop
I5
8GB
256GB SSD
In warranty until March 2019

HP Omen X35 G-sync display
Still sealed, purchased 2 but only got around to using 1, this one for sale is still sealed (100mhz 4MS response).

Intel Xeon 2603V4
Has a HPE Proliant case but can be removed if not using in a HPE server

I can delivery items near the Sheffield Area (will be happy to post the memory or processor).
Link to images.
Imgur

Price and currency: £900 macbook / £720 surface laptop / 2603v4 xeon £160 / Omen X35 £660 / Imac Retina £1000 /
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash on delivery pref
Location: sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Lots of stuff X35 g-sync macbook pro 2603v4 xeon Imac surface laptop 2666MHZ 16GB 2333Mhz ECC memory

Hello,

I am a hoarder, and I still have alot of stuff stored in my parents house they need rid of (can’t blame them). I’m not a trader just a hoarder and I need some stuff gone. Offers welcome on the memory 2x16GB 2666Mhz and 2x16GB 2133p ECC server/workstation memory.

Imac Retina 27″ late 2014
I5
16GB
512GB SSD
Very nice machine with a 5K screen, still looks like new

Macbook pro
Mid 2014
I7 4770HQ
16GB
256GB SSD
Still looks like new

Surface Laptop
I5
8GB
256GB SSD
In warranty until March 2019

HP Omen X35 G-sync display
Still sealed, purchased 2 but only got around to using 1, this one for sale is still sealed (100mhz 4MS response).

Intel Xeon 2603V4
Has a HPE Proliant case but can be removed if not using in a HPE server

I can delivery items near the Sheffield Area (will be happy to post the memory or processor).
Link to images.
Imgur

Price and currency: £900 macbook / £720 surface laptop / 2603v4 xeon £160 / Omen X35 £660 / Imac Retina £1000 /
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash on delivery pref
Location: sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Congress wants CVE program changes from DHS and MITRE

The House Energy and Commerce Committee completed its investigation of the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures program this week and requested “significant changes to the very foundation of the CVE program.”

The investigation began in March of 2017 following media reports on extensive issues with the CVE tracking system, including long backlogs for assigning vulnerability scores. In letters to both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and MITRE Corporation — the two entities that manage the CVE program — members of the E&C Committee noted that changes have already been made to the CVE program, but said these changes didn’t address root issues with the program.

“The historical practices for managing the CVE program are clearly insufficient. Barring significant improvements, they will likely lead again to challenges that have direct, negative impacts on stakeholders across society,” Committee members wrote in the letters. “The Committee understands and appreciates that DHS and MITRE have already undertaken reforms to try and address the issues that prompted the Committee’s initial request. However, many of these reforms target symptoms that stem from what the Committee considers to be underlying root-causes — the contract-based nature of the program and the lack of oversight — which have yet to be addressed.”

During its investigation into the CVE program, the E&C Committee found red flags right from the start.

“Given the importance of the CVE program as critical cyberinfrastructure, the Committee expected to receive substantially more documentation in response to its request than was produced,” the Committee wrote in the letter to DHS. “[T]he Committee was surprised by the dearth of produced analyses, timelines, and other oversight materials documenting the year-over-year health of the program. The Committee finds the lack of documentation produced by DHS and MITRE to be revealing in and of itself.” 

The Committee members said the contract-based nature of the CVE program led to inconsistent funding, short-term planning and thousands of vulnerabilities per year that didn’t receive CVE numbers. The Committee suggested this be changed to make funding a PPA (Program, Project, or Activity) line item in the DHS budget in the hopes of forcing DHS and MITRE to take the program more seriously.

“The documentation produced to the Committee suggests that neither DHS nor MITRE fully recognize CVE’s status as critical cyberinfrastructure. Instead, both organizations continued to manage and fund the program through a series of contract which themselves were unstable,” the committee wrote. “This approach was perhaps to be expected given that neither organization, according to produced documentation, performed the lever of oversight needed to ensure the program continued to fulfill its purpose and meet stakeholder needs.”

The Committee also requested DHS and MITRE perform biennial reviews of the CVE program “to ensure its effectiveness and stability.”

“Since the CVE program’s inception, the nature of cybersecurity threats it is meant to address has drastically evolved. So, too, have stakeholders’ needs. Yet the scope and mission of the CVE program have not undergone similar transformation,” the Committee wrote. “By conducting regular reviews of the program, officials would be able to develop short, medium and long-term goals and then evaluate their progress at achieving those goals.”

However, even these changes to so-called “root-causes” of the CVE program’s issues weren’t enough for all experts. K. Reid Wightman, vulnerability analyst at Dragos Inc., said on Twitter the recommendations showed “the wildly inaccurate CVSS scores that accompany most CVEs was out of scope,” but added he would be “glad if some progress is made on assignments at least.”

DHS and MITRE have until Sept. 4 to respond to the recommendations made by the E&C Committee.