The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), which made India proud by developing India’s first supercomputer PARAM, has been assigned the responsibility to create and build Make-in- India supercomputer under National Supercomputing Mission. This new supercomputer has been hailed as one of the few fully indigenously built supercomputers ever created in India; and it would be unveiled next year.
Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology informed that under National Supercomputing Mission, Govt. will build 80 supercomputers, thereby spending Rs 57 crore on each unit. The first supercomputer shall be launched by August, 2017.
As per Dr. Sharma, heating is one of the biggest challenges of creating and maintaining supercomputers. “We are working on how to control heat. The cost of power to run these supercomputers alone will be around Rs 1,000 crore...some of them will be imported and the rest will be built be indigenously. The first one will come up by August 2017," he said.
In 2013, 4 Indian supercomputers were included in the World’s fastest supercomputers as well. Besides, Indian built PARAM Yuva II was last year ranked at impressive 44th position at Super Computing Conference in Denver, Colorado, under the renowned Green500 List for Super Computers.
In April 2015, Government of India created an exclusive plan to build Make-in-India supercomputers, which would be the best in the world. A budget of Rs 4,500 crore was allocated, to built a cluster of 70 supercomputers which connects various academic and research institutions of India. This budget is to be spent in the next 7 years.
The ambitious programme will take India into an elite league of nations who has made advancements in the field. Currently, countries such as the US, Japan, China and the European Union account for a major share of the top supercomputing machines in the world.