India to establish supercomputing capacity to manufacture critical components
NSM aims to provide necessary computational power to the academia, industry, scientific and research community, MSME and the Start-ups to solve India specific challenges.
In a recent development on the technology front, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between C-DAC and National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) Host Institutes to establish supercomputing infrastructure with assembly and manufacturing of critical components with key premier institutions across India.
Sanjay Dhotre, Union Minister of State for E&IT, Education and Communications and Dr Hemant Darbari, Director General, C-DAC & Director of National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) Host Institutes were present during the MoU unveiled.
Key institutes like IISC Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Guwahati, IIT Mandi, IIT Gandhinagar, NIT Trichy, NABI Mohali and NSM Nodal Centres for training in HPC & AI at IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Goa and IIT Palakkad will be part if the supercomputing infrastructure.
Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY; Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST; Jyoti Arora, Special Secretary & FA, MeitY; Dr Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, MeitY and senior officials from DST, MeitY, C-DAC and Host Institutes were also present at the event.
Talking about the thought process behind this NSM, Sanjay Dhotre said, “Under the visionary leadership of PM Narendra Modi, National Supercomputing Mission was set up to provide necessary computational power to the academia, industry, scientific and research community, MSME and the Start-ups to solve India specific challenges and complex real life problems in science and engineering."
He added that C-DAC has already established Supercomputing Ecosystem at IIT BHU, IIT Kharagpur, IISER Pune and JNCASR Bangalore. And now accelerating the pace of research and innovation using computational science techniques with manufacturing in India Critical Supercomputing components like the Server Board, Interconnect, Rack power controllers and Hydraulic controllers, Direct Liquid Cooled Datacenter, HPC Software Stack is a step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Dr Hemant Darbari, stated, “National premier academic and research institutes like the IISc, IITs, NIT, NABI are par excellence and is renowned globally for its technical expertise. We are proud to partner with them in our endeavour to enhance India's capability, empower scientists and researchers with state-of-the-art Supercomputing facilities, attain global competitiveness and ensure self-reliance in the strategic area of supercomputing technology leading towards the exascale computing. Our mission is to establish dependable and secure exascale ecosystem with innovative designs, disruptive technologies and expert human resource. Our goal is to develop our own indigenous hardware encompassing exascale chip design, design and manufacture of exascale server boards, exascale interconnects and storage including silicon-photonics at C-DAC in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat to achieve complete self-reliance.”