The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Patna, will next year get its first high-performance computing (HPC) system, commonly referred to as a ‘supercomputer’, and become the first academic institution in Bihar to have a category At the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), said Somanath Tripathi, Professor, Computer Science Engineering and Associate Dean (Administration) at the Institute.
“We will have a 650 teraflop (650 trillion floating-point operations per second, a measure of computer performance, useful in the field of scientific calculations for supercomputers) machine by August next year. The cost will be ₹20 crore (approx),” he said.
“The high-performance computing system will support scientific research and applications in many fields, including security, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, weather forecasting, computational fluid dynamics,” added Professor Tripathi.
Currently, the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Patna has a 2-Petaflops AI Scalable Supercomputing facility, named Param Buddha, specially designed for artificial intelligence applications. has gone
“Currently, our research team is using HPC systems in the fields of agriculture, healthcare, cyber security, internet of things, and quantum computing,” said Aditya Sinha, director, C-DAC, Patna.
He further said that at present this facility has been provided free of charge to the academicians of the important institutes across the country as well as the institutes of Bihar.
Sinha said, “If the computing requirement exceeds the capacity of Parambuddha, we manage to connect it to a more powerful 210 peta-phillips AI scalable supercomputer facility, called Paramsiddhi, which is C-DAC. , is installed in Pune,” said Sinha.
“C-DAC has set up a number of high-performance computing systems in many key institutions across the country as part of the National Supercomputing Mission. Along the same lines, C-DAC is setting up an HPC system at IIT-Patna. is intended for complex scientific simulations of a capacity of 650 Teraflops (1 Teraflops is one hundred million floating point operations per second),” added Sinha.
He said the C-DAC Patna HPC system is beneficial for jobs related to artificial intelligence (AI) while the IIT Patna HPC system can be used for a wide range of complex scientific problems.
The National Supercomputing Mission is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. It aims to make India one of the world leaders in supercomputing.
He added that these systems will give scientists, researchers, academicians, industrialists and start-up ventures a big push to work on solving complex problems as well as handling large data volumes, for which many More calculations are required.
Such systems are beneficial in almost all areas of medicine, agriculture, cybersecurity, quantum computing, space exploration, computational biology, computational chemistry, national security and defense applications, big data analytics, finance, and advanced research. Sinha added that computing resources are required.