The Union government has given its nod for the first-level approval for a super-computing mission at an outlay of Rs 1,200 crore across the country, said A Mukhopadhay, Advisor and Scientist, with the Department of Science and Technology of the Union government.
Inaugurating a Rs 3-crore hi-tech computing cluster in SASTRA University on Tuesday, Mukhopadhay said the proposal for the mission had been sent for Cabinet approval. “With this mission, we will build the necessary hardware for supercomputers within our country” he added. With this, many more universities could instal super-computers at a lower cost, he added.
The material science, the biological science, the engineering science and atmospheric science groups, could make use of the cluster, he further added.
V S Shankar Sriram, Head, School of Computing, elaborating on the features of the High Performance Computing cluster (HPC), said the cost of the equipment of the HPC is $2.9 lakh (Rs 1.8 crore). Of this IBM, had provided $1.10 lakh (Rs 66 lakh) through their IBM academic initiative. A sum of Rs 25 lakh had been provided by DST under the Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure (FIST) and Rs 22 lakh through fast-track young scientist grants. The remaining Rs 70 lakh had been contributed by SASTRA, he added.