Guwahati, NFAPost: The Technical Advisory Committee of National Supercomputing Mission (MSM-TAC) has approved the installation of a Supercomputing facility of the compute power of 650 TF (approx. 838TF Peak, 70:30 CPU & GPU Hybrid Supercomputing system) at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam.
A supercomputer is a computer that has very high speed in its operation and higher memory. This supercomputing system can perform assigned tasks including multiple tasks at very high speeds than any other normal personal computer (PC) and in many cases are able to operate at speeds that are millions of times faster than ordinary PCs.
The installation of this supercomputing system at IIT Guwahati has been initiated under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). The Department of Science and Technology (DST) along with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) are coordinating the mission and the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, are the implementing agencies of the mission.
Speaking about the Supercomputing facility, IIT Guwahati Director Dr. T. G. Sitharam said the new Supercomputer at IIT Guwahati with 650 TFLOPS is more powerful and a technologically superior facility.
“The supercomputer will play an important role in the field of scientific and engineering applications such as quantum mechanics, climate research, oil and gas exploration, molecular modelling, weather forecasting, spacecraft aerodynamics, computational systems biology and detonation simulations including the handling of large databases using Artificial intelligence models,” said IIT Guwahati Director Dr. T. G. Sitharam.
IIT Guwahati Director Dr. T. G. Sitharam said IIT Guwahati has a large HPC user base already involved in solving many crucial problems that require more computational resources than that provided by using the existing 250 TFlops Param Ishan supercomputer at the computer center.
“IIT Guwahati will organize training courses to popularise the use and applications of supercomputers in the northeastern region and other major missions of the Government of India. IIT Guwahati is also planning to link this facility with our new interdisciplinary master programme on data sciences jointly initiated by EEE, CSE and Mathematics departments,” said IIT Guwahati Director Dr. T. G. Sitharam.
C-DAC, Pune, will install the Supercomputing facility using the build approach of NSM in IIT Guwahati, which will provide necessary Data Centre space, power with back up, cooling, etc. for the facility.
This new hybrid Supercomputing system will not only boost the HPC usages and research environment in the Institute but also enhance the research capability of the Northeast Region since around 40% of the compute power will be allocated to the external users as per the guidelines approved by the NSM-TAC. This is also aligned with the policy of IIT Guwahati to build a “Network of Excellence” among the institutes of Northeastern region.
IIT Guwahati has been connected through dual redundant NKN connectivity with 10Gbps bandwidth and already has another supercomputer “PARAM-ISHAN” of 250TF computing power, inaugurated by then Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource and Development, Shri. Prakash Javadekar on 19th September 2016.
This facility has been extensively used by the faculty and researchers of the Institute to solve complex problems in the field of Chemical Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Biotechnology, Quantum High Energy Physics, Cosmology, Molecular Dynamics, Nanotechnology and Environment. Software like GROMACS, NAMD, WRF, LAMPPS, COMSOL, Ansys, OPENFOAM, GERRIS etc are available in the system for various uses.
Prior to the “PARAM-ISHAN”, IIT Guwahati was the active partner for the GARUDA Grid Computing project, India’s national grid computing initiative, a CDAC programme funded by the Department of Information Technology (DIT) to deploy a distributed networked infrastructure for universities, research laboratories, industry and government throughout India.
The National Supercomputing Mission envisages empowering the national academic and R&D institutions spread over the country by installing a vast supercomputing grid comprising of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati established in 1994 has completed 25 years of glorious existence in 2019. At present, the Institute has eleven departments and five inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes.
The institute offers a residential campus to 412 faculty members and more than 6,000 students at present. Besides its laurels in teaching and research, IIT Guwahati has been able to fulfil the aspirations of people of the North East region to a great extent since its inception in 1994. The picturesque campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, around 20 kms from the heart of the Guwahati city.
IIT Guwahati is the only academic institution in India that occupied a place among the top 100 world universities – under 50 years of age – ranked by the London-based Times Higher Education (THE) in the year 2014 and continues to maintain its superior position even today in various International Rankings. Along with the older IITs and Delhi University, IIT Guwahati has been ranked below 500 in the QS World ranking released recently.
IIT Guwahati has retained the 7th position among the best engineering institutions of the country in the ‘India Rankings 2019’ declared by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Union ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). IIT Guwahati has been also ranked 2nd in the ‘Swachhata Ranking’ conducted by the Govt. of India. Recently, IIT Guwahati has been ranked as the top ranked University in 2019 for IT developers by HackerRank in the Asia-Pacific region.
Among other frontier areas of research and innovation, IIT Guwahati is working towards augmenting critical science research initiatives in Genomics, Developmental Biology, Health Care and Bioinformatics, Flexible Electronics, Advanced Functional Materials, Sustainable Polymers, Rural Technologies, Disaster Resilience and Risk Reduction, and Water Resources and Management. In its silver jubilee year, IIT Guwahati is poised to scale newer heights through all round growth and development.