National Supercomputing Mission (NSM)

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  • March 9, 2022
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National Supercomputing Mission (NSM)

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II: Government schemes and policies

In News: Petascale Supercomputer “PARAM Ganga” established at IIT Roorkee under National Supercomputing Mission.

  • A supercomputing capacity of 1.66 Petaflops. 
  • The system is designed and commissioned by C-DAC under Phase 2 of the build approach of the NSM. 
  • Substantial components utilized to build this system are manufactured and assembled within India along with an indigenous software stack developed by C-DAC, which is a step towards the Make in India initiative of the Government. 
  • Availability of such a supercomputer will accelerate the research and development activities in multidisciplinary domains of science and engineering with a focus to provide computational power to user community

About National Supercomputing Mission (NSM)

  • The four major pillars of the NSM, namely, Infrastructure, Applications, R&D, HRD, have been functioning efficiently to realize the goal of developing indigenous supercomputing eco system of the nation.
  • Some of the large-scale applications which are being developed under NSM include the following.
    • NSM Platform for Genomics and Drug Discovery.
    • Urban Modelling: Science Based Decision Support Framework to Address Urban Environment Issues (Meteorology, Hydrology, Air Quality).
    • Flood Early Warning and Prediction System for River Basins of India.
    • HPC Software Suite for Seismic Imaging to aid Oil and Gas Exploration.
    • MPPLAB: Telecom Network Optimization.
  • Being steered jointly by: Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeiTY) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • Being implemented by: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

News Source: PIB

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