National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) Makes a Strong Case for Industry Participation

Key initiative since the launch of Rs. 4,500 cr worth Mission in 2015

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) is implementing the mission jointly through Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) as implementing agencies. The National Supercomputing Conclave, a maiden initiative is being taken today to explore the challenges in Exa-scale computing as well as mobilizing Industry participation and capacity building. IESA is proud to be a part of this initiative as an execution partner.

National Supercomputing Mission, launched by the Government of India in 2015 is  being implemented over 7 years and the budget outlay is Rs. 4500 crores. Further, the Mission supports government’s vision of ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives and aims at enabling India to leapfrog to the league of other global computing power nations.

The objectives of the mission are:

  • Creating a national infrastructure of supercomputing systems,
  • Developing supercomputing applications in science and engineering domains,
  • To build capacity and capability in supercomputing by training the manpower in these areas, and
  • Initiating R&D activities in high performance computing systems including hardware and system software development.

“With an ever increasing computing demand of the scientific and academic community in the country, NSM has been conceptualized and evolved to keep pace with the international technology trends by empowering academic and R&D institutions spread over the country. The mission was launched in 2015 with the aim to install large number of super-computers in academic and research institutions, national laboratories located in different parts of the country, linked by a computer grid,” said Dr. VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog.  “Another objective of this mission is to create a strong and competitive local ecosystem for design, development, manufacturing and utilization of super computers, thereby providing world class computing capabilities to our research scientists, engineering students and high technology start-ups, just like the way they are using personal computers today”, he further added.

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, as architect of India’s national initiative on supercomputing and Chancellor of Nalanda University, added by saying, “National Supercomputing Mission has potential to transform Indian IT Industry to truly high value adding IP based knowledge industry from its essentially service based nature. India must invoke its strengths in mathematics, algorithms, analytics, linguistics and deep learning and move to next level of software development”

“The major goal of National Super Computing Mission is to provide access to state of the art and contemporary super computing infrastructure to our scientific community so that our dream of becoming first rate, world class research community is realized faster” Says  Prof. N. Balakrishnan, Indian Institute of Science

Dr. KD Nayak, Former DG, DRDO & Member NSM-TAC said, We have brought together some 150+ scientific minds from Government, Academia, Research Community, IT Industry, Processor, Accelerator, Server and High Performance Computing  OEMs, Professional societies and key users on a common platform to brainstorm and create the roadmap, with an aim to Transform India through Computational Knowledge (TICK) in this critical and strategic space.

Each of the key speakers of the conclave emphasised about the importance of the NSM Conclave which coincides with the vision of the country across the verticals namely Supercomputing Facilities and Infrastructure; Research & Development; Application Development; Human Resource Development. On the side lines of the event Mr. Ashwini Aggarwal, Chairman of IESA and Dr Sandeep Garg, President of IESA also concurred to share the vision of the National Supercomputing Mission & emphasised on the support by the entire ESDM industry towards meeting this vision goal.