Boost up Exascale Computing: Vijay Bhatkar 12 April, 2012
As part of the National Weekly Discussions through A-VIEW, an interactive session with Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar, architect of India's first Supercomputer and the Founder Executive Director of C-DAC, was organized on 12th, April 2012.
The topic of the session was Exascale Computing (Extreme Computing) – India’s next frontier in Super Computing.
“Despite being a superpower in Information Technology, India is far behind in Exascale Computing. Our country should focus and foster next generation Exascale Computing to achieve more growth. Exascale Computers will definitely help India to scale new heights in technology and other fields,” said Senior Scientist Dr. Vijay Bhatkar seating from his office at Pune.
He highlighted that the future of high-performance computing lies in Exascale Computing.
Dr. Bhatkar, Chancellor of India International Multiversity, said Exascale Computers can perform several million-trillion mathematical operations per second, which would be 1,000 times faster than current peta-scale supercomputers in India.
Usage of High-Power Computing (HPC) is required for accurate prediction of weather, natural disaster mitigation and new discovery of drugs, he added.
Dr. Bhatakar who is also the National President of Vijnan Bharati said “The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Indian Institute of Science and several national laboratories, Amrita University and industries are collaborating to deliver Exascale supercomputers.”
Around 36 Universities including Kalasalingam University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Sona College of Technology, Vels University, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedakar Technological University, Pondicherry University, Bharathiar University, Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College of Arts Science and Commerce, MAM College of Engineering, IIT Khargpur, CDAC, IIT Chennai, IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, Mumbai University and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University participated in the interactive session.
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