Top computer scientists to meet in July

The central government has convened a meeting of top computer scientists in Delhi on 4 July to work out a ‘common strategy and medium-term action plan’ for enhancing High Performance Computing [HPC] in the country, a Union Minister said on Wednesday.

The government, which has already provided for a fund of Rs 5,000 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan for scaling up the HPC, had also mooted setting up of several supercomputing facilities in a ‘three-tier architecture’.

This comprised various HPC systems at regional and national level, Union Minister of State for Planning, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Ashwani Kumar said.

Kumar, who visited the National Param Supercomputing Facility [NPSF] here, said the measures to enhance HPC would help the country in being at par with the international capabilities in the areas of weather modelling, strategic science and technology, ocean modelling, disaster management and space discoveries.

‘Super computing capabilities is a national imperative and involves India’s strategic interests,’ he said.

The proposed 4 July meeting in the national Capital would also focus on removing anomalies in the development of HPC to achieve the targeted goals. The minister also inaugurated the Centre of Excellence on solar energy during his visit to the city-based National Chemical Laboratory [NCL].

Kumar hailed the research and development work being carried out at the premiere laboratory and pledged governmental assistance to its ongoing projects and innovations to attain affordable technologies.
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