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August 6, 1999
IISc gets C-DAC's PARAM 10000 supercomputerMichael Gonsalves in Pune
The Pune based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing and the Bangalore based Indian Institute of Science today signed a memorandum of understanding to install PARAM 10000, the most powerful supercomputer ever built in India, at the Supercomputing Education and Research Centre, IISc, Bangalore.
Along with the system C-DAC will also provide system software, software tools and requisite training to operate and use PARAM 10000.
"C-DAC views this programme as one of developing greater synergy between its own efforts of building application software and those of pioneer education and research centres such as IISc, in the country to address mission critical applications," R K Arora, executive director, C-DAC, said.
"C-DAC's earlier association with IISc will further be strengthened by this DoE initiative which according to the secretary of DoE is an investment towards nation building," he added.
"The Bangalore team, apart from developing several HPCC tools is also engaged in developing Web based applications using PARAM as an advanced application server," Professor N Chandrasekaran, director, C-DAC said.
He added several electronic-business, electronic-governance and digital library applications using cutting edge technology tools are being developed at Bangalore.
In its efforts to promote the use of parallel processing technology and nurture and build the high-end manpower for such technologies, the Department of Electronics of the Indian government decided to provide 12 PARAM 10000 supercomputers to the selected premier academic institutions, including the six Indian Institutes of Technology, select regional engineering colleges and other premier academic institutions.
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, is among the first institutes to receive this system and induct it into its educational research and development activities.
C-DAC has been developing various computer intensive applications using the PARAM series of computers. The important applications are weather forecasting, seismic data processing and applications related to space.
Other scientific applications in physics, chemistry, biotechnology and business applications in banking financial modelling, insurance, telecom and electronic governance have been also developed.
Since the launch of PARAM 10000, C-DAC has been also concentrating on the usage of such high-end technology in education to address the important need of generating high-end labour in the next millennium. For this, C-DAC has already installed the PARAM 10000 based technology in Amrita Institute of Technology, Coimbatore.
Usage of this high-end technology by Indian educational institutes will help provide experienced manpower in the cutting-edge technology to work for industry and the national institutions in the near future.
C-DAC is India's national initiative in high performance computing and has been engaged in research and development and high-end solutions based on high-end computing.
C-DAC is not engaged in developing next generation high performance computing and communication technologies and application covering system software and parallel programming tools, specific libraries and multidisciplinary applications.
For this, C-DAC is also implementing major scaleable end-user specific applications in computational fluid dynamics, finite element method, image processing, atmospheric sciences, seismic data processing and business applications including huge amounts of data.
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