Science & Technology

IIT Kharagpur gets new high power computing facility

The research activities will include building hardware and software for high performance computing systems, data management, analytics and visualisations

By Sunderarajan Padmanabhan
Published: Thursday 14 March 2019
Credit: India Science Wire

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, is all set to ramp up its research and development activities with the acquisition of a 1.3 petaflop high power computing facility and a data centre under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).

The institute signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) this week to facilitate supply, installation, commissioning and operations of the system.

“We have selected specific challenge domains like cryptography, chemistry, molecular dynamics, drug discovery, artificial intelligence and data sciences where the new system would be utilized. We have also identified challenges in these domains and applications in areas such as healthcare, smart cities, geosciences, new materials and other discovery based sciences,” said Professor PP Chakrabarti, director, IIT-Kharagpur.

The research activities will include building hardware and software for high performance computing systems, data management, analytics, and visualisations. In addition, the system will be used for research in computational biology, drug design, atmospheric modeling, computational fluid dynamics, modeling of novel materials, computational chemistry and physics, numerical mathematics, computational mechanics and non-equilibrium molecular dynamics.

The institute will also offer academic programmes and training in high power computing. The Institute will conduct degree programs, doctoral programs and micro-specializations for undergraduate students and short-term courses for industry professionals. “The new facility is likely to be ready for use in three to four months. All the products and accessories will be designed and manufactured within the country,” said Hemant Darbari, director general, C-DAC.

The National Supercomputing Missionis being implemented jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore. It envisages installing vast supercomputing grid comprising of over 70 high-performance computing facilities spread across the county. (India Science Wire)

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