The newly sanctioned national supercomputing mission of Rs 4500 Cr aims to boost scientific research. The plan is to deliver high performance computing on the cloud from supercomputers installed across 17 locations, for applications ranging from accurate weather prediction to drug discovery and data crunching for scientific research. In the next seven years, supercomputer performance is expected to touch ExaFLOPS (1000 peta flops) level and India will not be behind, said Rajat Prime Minister Narendra Modi will provide strategic advice and recommend applications. The supercomputer grid will be connected on a high speed network that will enable researchers to collaborate easily, said Moona. “We are going to offer it as a software as a service model or platform as a service model,” he said.
” As far as supercomputing is concern India is ranked at number 74 and China is number 1. We have got 500 supercomputers in world and India has only 9,” he said.
The mission would be implemented by the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) through Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
This will be done at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore over a period of seven years, the release said.
The mission has been conceptualised and evolved keeping in view the ever increasing computing demand of the scientific and academic community in the country, international technology trends and roadmaps, strategic importance and emergence of supercomputing as a benchmark for scientific and technological advancements, it said.
It envisages empowering academic and R&D institutions spread over the country by installing a vast supercomputing grid comprising of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities.