India plans new supercomp

India has started working on one of the most ambitious projects to develop next-generation exascale supercomputing capability, 1,000 times faster than the current supercomputing capacity. The country’s well-known computer scientist and one of those who sculpted and shaped India’s IT industry Dr Vijay Bhatkar said .“To achieve this capability we would require Rs 11,000 crore investment. The government has already approved Rs 5,000 crore for the same under the 12th five-year plan. We have enough brain power in our country to achieve this capability which even China and US are developing. A core team of 10,000 researchers from across the country will be working on the project,” said Bhatkar, father of India’s first supercomputer PARAM. 
An exascale supercomputer can perform several million-trillion mathematical operations per second — 1,000 times faster than current petascale supercomputers in India. A petascale supercomputer can perform 1,000 trillion operations per second. “High power computing is required for accurate prediction of weather among other things. We 
started our supercomputing journey with gigaflop speed, then teraflop, now petaflop. We are now looking at exaflop speed by 2020 with the 10-year long project,” he said. 
Bhatkar said from being a mere Rs 100-crore electronics industry in 1971, the ICT industry in India has come a long way to become worth Rs 5 lakh crore. “By 2025, 25 per cent of India’s national income will come from this knowledge-based industry surpassing the contribution of agriculture sector,” he said. 
Bhatkar, who is also known as the architect of GIST multilingual technology and Education-To-Home mission apart from the PARAM series of supercomputers, said central government is also considering his recommendation to make it compulsory to provide all public services through electronics. 

“We had recommended this for both Maharashtra e-governance and Goa e-governance project. We have identified a list of 128 public services which should be made available only electronically — ei
ther through computers (e-governance) or through mobile platforms (m-governance). This will help in ushering transparency and removing hassles for the common man,” he said.

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