The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT- KGP), is going to be the first higher educational institute to get a supercomputing facility under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).
According to IIT-Kharagpur spokesperson, the facility will provide large computational support for carrying out research and teaching activities that involve state-of-the-art High Performance Computing (HPC).
Director of IIT-KGP, Prof P P Chakrabarti said “The Peta-Flop new system with both CPU and CPU-GPU based servers along with the already existing HPC equipment will provide about 1.5 Peta-Flop capacity support to several areas where the researchers of IIT-KGP are actively involved.”
In order to build, manage and operate the HPC facility, a new Centre for Computational and Data Sciences (CCDS) will be established around such a supercomputing platform, he added.
Prof Chakrabarti, referring the research areas where the facility will be of use, said “Faculty members and their research groups at IIT-KGP are already engaged in research in several areas of national importance requiring large computational (both hardware and software) support.
“The facility will cover cutting-edge research scope in different inter-disciplinary areas like bio molecular simulations, drug design and bio-informatics, climate change and digital earth, geo-scientific exploration, infrastructure design and sustainable cities,” he said.
“Other than research, CCDS will also focus on education and capacity building,” Prof Chakrabarti said adding, IIT-KGP had been chosen as a nodal centre for HPC-related educational activities by NSM.
The initiative at IIT Kharagpur is supported by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The objective of the mission is to build supercomputing capacity and capability in the country with an estimated budget of Rs 4,500 crore over a period of seven years, he added.