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The National Supercomputing Mission

The National Supercomputing Mission

Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a report that India is emerging as a leader in high power computing with the National Super Computing Mission (NSM) at a very fast pace.

Key Points:

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the National Supercomputing Mission on 25 March 2015 across the country.

It was implemented with the National Knowledge Network (NKN) to form a supercomputing grid in India and to develop research capabilities.

The mission is being run under the Department of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

After the full implementation of the supercomputing mission, India will be counted in countries with supercomputers like the US, Japan, China and the European Union.

The National Super Computing Mission is implemented by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, and the Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bangalore.

It is known that C-DAC is working on a plan to connect all supercomputers to a common grid.

If computers are connected to a common grid, then any institute will have access to supercomputing power.

In this way, it will help to become the fastest supercomputing system in the world.

Currently India has around 30 supercomputers, most of which have been installed in higher institutions like Indian Institute of Science, IITs and National Laboratories etc.

Where will the supercomputer be used?

  • The first three supercomputers will be installed at IIT BHU, IIT Kharagpur and IIITM Pune. IIT BHU will get a petaflop supercomputer. It may be noted that “ParamShivay”, which was the first supercomputer of India, was installed in IIT (BHU).
  • This is followed by “Param Shakti” at IIT-Kharagpur, “Param Brahma” at IISER-Pune, “ParamYukti” at JNCASR Bangalore, and “ParamSanganak” at IIT Kanpur.

Application:

  • These supercomputers set up in India will strengthen the government’s e-governance policy.
  • It will also play an important role in making the Digital India program accessible to the general public.
  • They will also be benefited in the fields of manufacturing of medicines, development of scientists and research institutes, finding sources of energy and climate change etc.

Source – The Hindu

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