SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Yet again, engineers on Indian soil are giving a breakthrough invention in the field of technology by setting up India’s first state-of-the-art 1.3 PetaFlop High-Performance Computing facility and datacenter ecosystem under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). IIT Kharagpur has signed an MoU with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), an autonomous Scientific Society of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.
Uses of 1.3 PetaFlop High-Performance Computing facility
It will provide large-scale computational support to the researchers, who are engaged in research activities in diverse areas of national importance.
This facility will accelerate and evolve the level of research currently being done with manifold improvement in output and efficiency.
“IIT Kharagpur has selected specific challenge domains including cryptography, chemistry, molecular dynamics, drug discovery, AI & Data Sciences, etc,” said Prof. P P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur.
Moreover, he mentioned the areas of concerns including:
- Smart cities
- New materials and other discovery-based sciences.
Dr. Hemant Darbari, Director General, C-DAC, remarked on the growing importance of high-performance computing in newer research areas in cancer, data protection etc. which would be of significance.
“The Institute will conduct degree programs such as M.Tech., PG diploma, doctoral programs as well microspecializations for undergraduate students and short-term courses for industry professionals and students outside IIT Kharagpur,” added Prof. Chakrabarti.
Process and prospects
“The facility is expected to come up in the next 3-4 months with the work to be carried in three concurrent phases of assembling, assembling and manufacturing and thirdly design and manufacturing with all products and accessories indigenously designed and manufactured in India”, confirmed Dr Darbari.
Two ministries of the Govt. of India are involved in this initiative, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Department of Science and Technology and top experts from NITI Aayog, MHRD, DRDO, IISc, IITs and many more applications can be developed from nation’s perspective.
The research activities will include building hardware and software for High-Performance Computing systems, Data Management, Analytics, Visualizations, etc, along with promoting cutting-edge research in different HPC application domains
It is much more than just Computational Biology, Drug Design, Atmospheric Modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Geo-Scientific Computations, Modeling and Mining of Heterogeneous Information Network, Multi-scale Modeling of Novel Materials, Computational Chemistry, Computational Physics, Cryptanalysis, Numerical Mathematics, Computational Mechanics, Non-equilibrium Molecular Dynamics, etc.