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An Ecosystem of Supercomputers to Take India to Next Level

 Financial Express (India) (10/17/11) Ajay Sukumaran

As part of the 12th Five Year Plan, which runs from 2012-2017, India’s ministry of science and technology is considering the development of an ecosystem of high-performance computers that would provide supercomputing access to at least 25 percent of the country’s scientific population.  The Indian Institute of Science’s N. Balakrishnan is leading a national effort to map India’s capability in supercomputing, including building a four-tier ecosystem of machines with greater involvement in the private sector.  The first tier will include about six supercomputers with between 3 and 6 petaflops of computing power each, followed by 12 to 20 supercomputers that run at 200 to 500 teraflops.  The third tier will include 20 to 50 systems with 10-teraflop speed, and the lowest rung will include 50 to 100 regional 1-teraflop supercomputers.  “On the software development side, both for programming on the multicore as well as for scientific software development, the private industries will play a significant role,” according to Balakrishnan.  He says that once the 12th plan is complete, India will look to develop an exaflop system.

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