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India to Build 11 New Supercomputers With Indigenous Processors


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Param Shakti supercomputer at IIT-Kharagpur

Param Shakti, an indigenously assembled supercomputer, was installed at IIT-Kharagpur earlier this year.

India's government has approved the building and installation of 11 new supercomputers in research institutes across the country, ushering in the next phase of the National Supercomputing Mission.

The NSM is being implemented through the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Pune, and Bengaluru's Indian Institute of Science.

In the first phase of the NSM, parts for supercomputers were imported and assembled in India. The first supercomputer assembled indigenously was installed in IIT Banaras Hindu University earlier this year. Similar systems were installed at IIT-Kharagpur and IISER.

Three more supercomputers will be operational by 2020 at IIT-Kanpur, JN Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru, and IIT-Hyderabad.

The supercomputers installed so far are about 60 percent indigenous, with the motherboards developed by Intel, said Milind Kulkarni, head of the NSM.

However, the 11 systems in the next phase will have processors designed by C-DAC, and will have a cumulative capacity of 10 petaflops, Kulkarni said.

The government aims to install 73 indigenous supercomputers by 2022.

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