With the aim of strengthening the environment and research capacities in the northeast, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has signed a pact with the Center for the Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) based in Pune to set up a 650 TF supercomputer installation.
As part of the agreement, a supercomputing installation worth Rs 17 crore of 650 TF as part of the national supercomputing mission (NSM) will be set up at the institute.
The IIIT-G has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pune-based Center for a period of five years.
This system will consist of 10 master / service nodes, 107 CPU-only compute nodes, 10 GPU nodes, and 39 high-memory CPU-only compute nodes.
The MoU was signed by Professor TG Sitharam, Director of IIT-Guwahati, and Dr Hemant Darbari, Director General of C-DAC, during a virtual event attended by Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State of the Union for education, communications and electronics and information. Technology.
Using the supercomputing facility, IIT-Guwahati will focus on quantum turbulence, instabilities and turbulence in thermal convection, supercooled liquids and glasses, reactivity of high-valence metal intermediates, the computational study of polymers -composites, membranes, polyelectrolytes, granular flows, clinical text mining, machine learning and its application in the research fields of computational biology, deep learning and computational social systems.
The IIT-Guwahati 650 TF supercomputer will play an important role in the field of scientific and technical applications, such as quantum mechanics, climate research, oil and gas exploration, molecular modeling, weather forecasting, aerodynamics of spacecraft, biology of computer systems and detonation simulations. , including managing large databases using artificial intelligence models.
Speaking on future plans, Prof Sitharam said: “Our institute’s computer and communication center is already equipped with Param Ishan, the 250 TF supercomputer that we have had for four years now. The Center will also house the new supercomputer.
“IIT-Guwahati plans to transform this computer and communication center into a university center. It will merge with the new Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering. About 80 faculty members and 600 students at IIT-Guwahati are active users of Param Ishan and look forward to the new system being available, ”he said.
IIT-Guwahati will organize training courses to popularize the use and applications of supercomputers in the North East and other major central government missions.