India would soon get a new indigenously-built supercomputer, which will catapult the country into an elite league of nations with such technology built at home. Under the project, which is part of the government’s Rs.4,500-crore programme, India aims to finish its first supercomputer by August 2017.
India aims to make 80 such supercomputers in the next seven years.
The supercomputer building project is being handled by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), which previously built India’s first supercomputer ‘Param’.
Talking about the project Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology Ashutosh Sharma, said:
“Some of them will be imported and the rest will be built be indigenously. The first one will come up by August 2017.”
The plan for building 80 supercomputers was brought forward by the National Supercomputing Mission last year and was later approved by the government in March 2015.
At present the team is working on heat control issues. The cost of power to run the supercomputer would be around Rs.1,000 crore.
The government plans to keep these new supercomputers in different institutes across the country so as to be used for various purposes like “climate modelling, weather forecast, discoveries of drugs among others.” Each supercomputer will be able to perform at speeds of half petaflop to 20 petaflop and at 50 petaflop at peak. It will help boost research in fields ranging from climate to defence, especially nuclear.