The coronavirus is currently keeping everyone on edge. Seldom has there been such an impact on the economy, but also on personal life. In situations like these, extraordinary alliances are often formed to face a problem like the Covid-19 virus. Intel, Lenovo and also Google want to help to understand the virus better and fight it.

The coronavirus is currently a must. Big events are cancelled and a strong tension is in the air in most cities. At this point, however, I don’t want to go into whether it really makes sense how things are going at the moment, but rather to show that collaboration sometimes arises out of quite surprising motives. For example, hardware giants Intel and Lenovo have teamed up with the Chinese genetic researchers at BGI Genomics to work together on sequencing the corona virus. For this purpose, they are providing the geneticists with a cluster of high-performance computers that are intended to accelerate the analysis. The findings will then be used to develop better diagnostic methods and effective vaccines.

Google, too, has taken up the fight against Covid-19 and uses its Alphafold AI system to calculate the virus’ proteins. The protein structures published by Google are only predictions and have yet to be verified experimentally. However, with their data, Google also wants to contribute to the sequencing of the virus to help in the fight against corona.

These are just a few examples of how the current challenge is shaping the industry and opening up completely new avenues.

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