The Indian MOS&T (Ministry of Science and Technology) has recently announced the plan of introducing nine more supercomputers at well-known institutions across the nation. As per the ministry, the nine supercomputers will be installed at Indian institutions such as IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IUAC Delhi, IIT Patna, CDAC-Pune, SNBNCBS, NCRA Pune, and NIC Delhi.
The supercomputers have been installed and commissioned under the scheme of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). According to the MOS&T, the National Supercomputing Mission was established to strengthen the country’s research skills and capabilities by linking them to form a supercomputing grid, also with National Knowledge Network (NKN) serving as the backbone.
Previously, several indigenous supercomputers were launched at Indian academic institutes as part of the National Supercomputing Mission. PARAM Shivay was the first supercomputer built in India, which was installed at IIT (BHU). After the successful installation of Param Shivay, several supercomputers like PARAM Shakti, PARAM Brahma, PARAM Yukti, and PARAM Sanganak were installed at IIT Kharagpur, IISER Pune, JNCASR, and IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad, NABI Mohali, and CDAC Bengaluru, respectively.
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In addition, in the first week of February, a supercomputer named Param Pravega was installed at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore under the NSM mission. Param Pravega is said to be one of the most powerful supercomputers of the country, as well as the largest supercomputer deployed in all Indian academic institutions.
As a part of the NSM scheme, the mission has also trained over 11,000 HPC-aware personnel and faculty, resulting in the next generation of supercomputer specialists. Furthermore, four NSM nodal centers HPC (High Performance Computing) and AI training have been created at IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Goa, and IIT Palakkad to extend the activities of HPC training.
According to the MOS&T’s press release, “Powered by the NSM, India’s network of research institutions, in collaboration with the industry, is scaling up the technology and manufacturing capability to make more and more parts in India, taking indigenous manufacturing to 85%.”