Tuesday, 23 April, 2024

IIT Kharagpur gets new high power computing facility

By S. Padmanabhan

Newswave @ New Delhi

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 MOU with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) 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, geo sciences, new materials and other discovery based sciences,” said Prof. P PChakrabarti, Director, IIT-Kharagpur.

The research activities will include building hardware and software for high performance computing systems, data management, analytics, and visualizations. 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 UG students and short-term courses for industry professionals.

 70 high-performance computing facilities

The new facility is likely to ready for use in 3 to 4 months. All the products and accessories will be designed and manufactured within the country, said Dr. Hemant Darbari, Director General, C-DAC. The National Supercomputing Missionis being implemented jointly by the DST and Department of Electronics and IT (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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