IIT Kharagpur to House India’s 1st 1.3 petaFLOPS Super Computing Facility

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The upcoming HPC facility at IIT Kharagpur will have peak computing power greater than IBM’s Roadrunner but less than China’s Tianhe

IIT Kharagpur has signed an MoU with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), an autonomous Scientific Society of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, for setting up India’s first state-of-the-art 1.3 petaflop high power computing facility and a data centre.

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The facility, to be set up at IIT Kharagpur under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), is expected to come up in the next 3-4 months.

The work will be carried in three phases – assembling, assembling and manufacturing and design and manufacturing.

Peak computing power

The upcoming HPC facility at IIT Kharagpur will have peak computing power greater than IBM’s Roadrunner but less than China’s Tianhe.

China’s Tianhe-1 operates at a peak computing rate of 2.5 petaFLOPS, while IBM’s RoadRunner can reach 1 petaFLOPS.

The world’s most powerful supercomputer ‘Summit’, unveiled in June last year, has peak computing power of 200 petaFLOPS.

As per the MoU signed between IIT-Kharagpur and C-DAC, the later would facilitate supply, installation, commissioning and operations of the HPC facility along with Data Center ecosystem.

“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.

(With inputs from IndianWeb2)

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