Govt To Rope In Tech Majors In Supercomputing Mission

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 03, 2016


India has announced to open up its Supercomputing program to private sector players. Major technology giants such Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE), Lenovo, Acer, EMC Corporation and IBM are keen to become a part of the ambitious project. 

The Central government on March 25 this year approved the launch of National Supercomputing Mission to connect national academic and R&D institutions with a grid of over 70 high-performance computing facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore. The project involves a network of super computers which can help strengthen India’s research and predictive capabilities in areas such as weather and climate modelling, biology and disaster management. 

“At present we are in talks with a lot of companies and will soon go to the RFP (request for proposal) stage etc.” Economic Times report quoted Rajat Moona, director-general of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing as saying. 

He said that in the past CDAC has procured some hardware and software from private companies, but private players haven’t built a super computer in India. The government plans to install 73 supercomputers in different parts of the country and all will be linked by a computer grid. 

The Mission envisages empowering our national academic and R&D institutions by installing a vast supercomputing grid comprising of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities. These supercomputers will also be networked on the National Knowledge Network (NKN). The NKN is another programme of the government which connects academic institutions and R&D labs over a high speed network. 

At present India is ranked at number 74 as far as supercomputing is concern whereas China tops the list. The mission aims to enhance the capabilities of the country in the supercomputing space.