National Supercomputing Mission

Date: April 29, 2015

National Knowledge Network (NKN) supercomputers

CCEA approves Rs.4,500 crore National Supercomputing Mission

There are just Nine (9) supercomputers from India that figured in the list of top 500 supercomputers according to the 44th edition of TOP 500 list, released in November 2014 (released twice-yearly), of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Keeping this in mind The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the launch of the visionary Rs.4,500 crore National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) aimed to steer India into the league of world class computing power nations.

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The mission would be implemented jointly by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY). The mission is driven with the aim of consolidating various ongoing efforts into a nationally coordinated collaborative programme involving developers and users of supercomputing systems as well as academic and research institutions along with effective collaborative, governance and monitoring mechanisms to build culture of supercomputing for solving complex R&D problems and designing solutions addressing various country specific requirements for scientific, strategic and societal applications.

One of the deliverables would be a grid connecting 70 supercomputers located in R&D Institutions, Universities and the 1 million core cloud using National Knowledge Network (NKN). 

The National Supercomputing Mission would be an enabler for the Digital India vision of the Government by making available huge data storage space and linking systems together. The mission envisages manufacturing of supercomputing systems in India and may play a lead role in Make in India vision.