India to develop 70 supercomputers by 2022

Following the PM Modi’s emphasis on technology, the Indian government has initiated the process of developing at least 70 supercomputers in the country to promote and enable high level research in different fields including weather forecast, predictions of natural disasters and defense applications. According to reports, government has granted Rs 4,500 crores and is willing to make every possible effort to complete development of these supercomputers within next seven years i.e by 2022.

“The project, which costs around Rs. 4,500 crore is in its nascent stage. It will come up with association of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Information and Technology (DIT). These super computers will be in different parts of country,” Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary of DST, said.

First Indian supercomputer programme was started in late 1980s because India was denied for import of Cray supercomputers. By 1990, Indian scientists at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing successfully developed India’s first supercomputer named PARAM 8000. Currently, India has 9 systems in the list of top 500 supercomputers in the world with Aaditya ranked 71 being India’s best. Aaditya has a theoretical peak of 790.7 teraflop/s, and is used for climate research. However, these new supercomputers would have a theoretical peak of nearly 20 petaflops/s. A petaflop is a measure of a computer’s processing speed and can be expressed as a thousand trillion floating point operations per second.

“We will be having these computers across the country where scientists can come and do their research… These can do calculations which your normal desktop or laptop cannot. It can help in defense simulation, computing, biology and material science and earth science,” Sharma said.

Apart from government-affiliated scientists, researchers working for private firms could also use these masterpiece equipments for their research. Sharma added that many scientists leave India for their research as they are deprived of using such supersystems, but with the installation of these super fast devices all these scientists could do their research in India itself. Although the government is willing to boost research but it has several limitations and skilled man force to operate these monster computers is the biggest challenge.

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  • edsa0601

    Why so many fancy computers when Indian research is so paltry and low quality? Compared with China or Korea, India research output is poor and mediocre.

    • Prashant

      Why China or Korea? Compared to USA and Germany, Chinese and Korean research output is very poor.

      • edsa0601

        Why drag in the West? Let’s stick to Asia and we then find that in terms of world class research, innovation and invention, India is a zero. It’s still in the rickshaw stage (the cars and Metros are all made on East Asian expertise.)
        So the need for supercomputers baffles me. I also read India wants to send a telescope in space. How much expertise does India have in astronomy?
        Just delusions of grandeur when you consider that over half the population live less than a dollar a day and also defecate in the open. India also has 40% of the world’s malnourished children.

        • Prashant

          Hey delusive, you should be bothered more about getting a girl to marry, rather than thinking about India. There are very few girls left in China.

          Where did you get the idea that Indian research and innovation is zero? Get a life! Almost all the conglomerates have either sifted their R&D in India or are in the process of sifting. So, don’t baffle about our need for supercomputer.

          Astronomy? Are you moron? India has gotten success in its first attempt to reach at Mars, unlike failed China and Japan. See the mirror before talking nonsense.

          Do you know the definition of malnourishment? Get the definition and then talk about it.

          Defecate in open is nothing to do with poverty. In some parts of India, it is a habit of defecating in open. There will be many people who have the toilets in their house, but prefer to defecate in open. India is trying to change the behaviour of these people.

          Yes, we have a large population below poverty line, but not as much as you are saying. It is one third and not half. But, the poorest of these poor live with dignity in India, very unlikely to even think for any Chinese person. So, have a girl before they disappear from China.

          • Aayush

            Appreciate… You hitted a very tight slap on his face…. Without knowing the details these moron comes and starts their mindless gossips here. India is far ahead than their thinking and we r proud of it and they sholdn’t be worry about Progressing India and should concentrate in their own life

        • Prashant

          And not to mention about the photograph you have posted. It doesn’t belong to India, but one of your friendly nation.

        • Note Pad

          Chinese are a uncivilized race who were civilized by Bodhidharma from India. They are back to their old filthy ways – Mao killed millions of chinese, now they are killing Tibet residents. The Han chinese convulse with hatred and shit from their mouth when they meet their former Japanese masters. as they suffer from a inferiority complex. Their population is ageing en- masse because of forced 1-child policy and will run out of working age population soon. Water shortage will kill millions of chinese in a generation.
          All that the chinks do is copy(ideas from India since ancient times, products from the west now).No nation became great by copying.

          • edsa0601

            What ignorance!
            Here’s what India’s Naval Chief dad to say:
            http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-no-match-for-china-navy-chief/article1-441985.aspx
            Hindustan Times, 12 May 15

            Navy chief Admiral Suresh Mehta publicly admitted on Monday that India was no match for China and there was no way New Delhi could bridge the yawning gap in its capabilities against China. He said
            it would be foolhardy to compare the two nations as equals. Mehta, who retires on August 31 at the age of 62, warned: “In military terms, both conventionally and unconventionally, we can neither have
            the capability nor the intention to match China force for force…” Mehta as Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, is the country’s senior most military commander.
            It is rare for service chiefs in India to articulate their concerns loudly. The government disapproves of it. But when a chief makes such
            a prophecy, he has to be taken seriously. He said Beijing was in the process of consolidating its comprehensive national power and creating formidable military capability.
            He said. “Whether in terms of GDP, defence spending or any other economic, social or development indicator, the gap between the two is just too wide to bridge (and getting wider by the day).”

          • Prashant

            How many times would you copy paste this article? Wait for 1 or 2 decade, you will get the reply from India.