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NVIDIA, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., does groundbreaking work in accelerated computing, building specialized platforms for markets like gaming, professional visualization, data centers and autonomous machines. And when the pandemic began, team members channeled that expertise into research and relief.

NVIDIA is a member of the COVID-19 HPC Consortium, which brings together the government, industry and academia to bolster coronavirus research with the world’s most powerful computing resources. Team members work with applicants to accelerate their work using NVIDIA’s graphics processing capabilities.

NVIDIA also called on the gaming community to donate idle computing power in their gaming rigs to run the COVID-19 research project [email protected] In just weeks, NVIDIA processing units from 350,000+ gamers helped amass a 1.5-exaflops system—more performance than the world’s top 100 supercomputers combined.

“With invention and compassion, these challenging times can also be our finest hours,” founder and CEO Jensen Huang told shareholders in June.

In the photo: This year NVIDIA unveiled Cambridge-1, the U.K.’s most powerful supercomputer. The system is being used to develop a deeper understanding of diseases, accelerate drug discovery and boost genome sequencing.