The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the launch of Rs. 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) aimed to take India into the league of world class computing power nations.
The Mission would be implemented and steered jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) at an estimated cost of Rs.4 500 crore over a period of seven years.
To empower national academic and R&D institutions across the country, the mission envisages installing a vast supercomputing grid comprising of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities. These supercomputers will also be networked on the National Supercomputing grid over the National Knowledge Network (NKN), a programme which connects academic institutions and R&D labs over a high speed network.
Academic and R&D institutions as well as key user departments/ministries would participate by using these facilities and develop applications of national relevance.
The Mission also includes development of highly professional High Performance Computing (HPC) aware human resource for development of these applications.
“The Mission has been conceptualised and evolved keeping in view the ever increasing computing demand of the scientific and academic community in the country, international technology trends and roadmaps of leading countries in the area, strategic importance and emergence of supercomputing as a benchmark for Scientific & Technological advancements,” an official statement released by the government said.
The Mission supports the government’s vision of “Digital India” and “Make in India” initiatives.