Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, is all set to receive a super-computing facility. This super-computing facility will have the power of I Peta flop and with this IIT-Kharagpur will become one among the academic institutions to have this much computing power. The institute will receive the super-computing facility under the National Supercomputing Mission.
In the current moment, the institute is busy in setting up a New Center for Computational and Data Science (CCDS) which will be used to build, manage and operate the new super-computing facility. To the users 'the state-of-the-art high performance computing' will provide computational support which can be used to carry out the teaching and research related activities.
"Faculty members and their research groups at IIT Kharagpur are engaged in research activities in several areas of national importance that require large computational (both hardware and software) support," said PP Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur.
Chakrabarti said: "The 1 Peta-Flop new system with both CPU and CPU- GPU based servers along with the already existing HPC equipment will provide about 1.5 Peta-Flop capacity support to several such areas in which the researchers of IIT Kharagpur are actively engaged in."
The facility will be used to cover the research in cutting-edge interdisciplinary area such as biomolecular simulations, drug design and bioinformatics, climate change and geo-specification exploration etc.
"Other than research, the center will also focus on education and capacity building. It will promote high performance computational research excellence in different areas for PhD and post-doctoral fellows as well as focused courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels," added Chakraborty.