On Manorama | Saturday 24 October 2015 | by Renji Kuriakose |
Thiruvananthapuram: The first super computer network would be set up in the State at the behest of the A.P.J.Abdul Kalam Technological University. The cost for setting up the network has been estimated at Rs.23 crore. Though the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has a similar network, it is exclusively meant for the centre and is not accessible to others. PARAM Yuva II super computers developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Pune, would reach the State within a month and would be installed at the State Data Centre (SDC) at the Technopark here. The PARAM Yuva series was developed by CDAC for research in bioinformatics, weather forecast, seismic data analysis, computational biology, image processing, computational fluid dynamics, computational chemistry, molecular dynamics and such other purposes.
It has been proposed to import the best super computers in the world to strengthen the network in the State. The university has submitted a proposal of Rs.23 crore for the project to the State Planning Board. The services of the super computer network could be accessed from any part of the State and would be helpful to the engineering sector and government institutions too. Foreign universities like Stevens Institute, Purdue, Michigan, Illinois, MIT, Rovancs, have offered academic and technological cooperation with the university. Since the State was lagging behind in engineering research, the proposal for setting up the network was mooted by the university Vice-Chancellor Kuncheria P.Isaac and Pro Vice-Chancellor M.Abdul Rehman. This is expected to give a major fillip to engineering research. The network has been planned overcome the limitations in the research front. Former Vice-Chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Dr. Ganga Prathapan, who is also an expert in the field, would be in charge of the project. He is also an honorary professor of the university. – Courtesy