In a recent collaboration with the Dept. of Science and Technology and C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur will now train Indian engineers and scientists on high-performance computing and artificial intelligence.
The collaboration has taken place under the project titled ‘NSM Nodal Centre for training in HPC and AI,’ where the centre will focus on manpower creation and upskilling of students, faculty, scientists, researchers, engineers in large scale computing across different scientific domains. Under the National SuperComputing Mission of Govt. of India, this project aims to bridge the gap between application and development aspects in high-performance computing.
In the first phase of the training, some of the key topics covered are fundamental areas like basics of parallel computing; MPI, OpenMP and CUDA programming; scientific computing; HPC-AI convergence and application areas like multi-scale modelling, computational biology, computational fluid dynamics etc.
Speaking about the project, Prof. Somnath Roy, principal investigator of the project at IIT Kharagpur stated that the recent developments in computational techniques in science and engineering had been strongly linked with efficient utilisation of high-performance computing resources. Therefore, he believes that it is essential to impart HPC training to the researchers working in the application domain.
He further stated that it is also vital that engineers and developers working on high-performance computing understand the requirement posed by the domain experts. “We have already conducted an online training program on the basics of HPC along with other nodal centres of CDAC which attracted around 800 students from diverse backgrounds,” said Prof Roy.
Currently, IIT Kharagpur hosts a 1.3 Petaflop supercomputer named Paramshakti delivered and commissioned through NSM. The institute has even set up the Center for Computational and Data Sciences (CCDS) funded by Dept. of Science and Technology to carry out next-generation interdisciplinary research and teaching activities that involve this state-of-the-art HPC platform.
Under NSM (National Skill Mission,) a dedicated computing platform — Param-vidya — will be made available to IIT Kharagpur to train and upskill the researchers and engineers. Further, ₹55.7 lakh has been approved for two years as initial funding for the project to run the NSM Nodal Centre and conduct these training programs.
Additionally, Prof. Pabitra Mitra, Head, CCDS and principal investigator of the project said that the supercomputing facility at IIT Kharagpur had enabled many computational scientists to perform large-scale computations within and outside the campus while they were away.
“We have also organised a training session on GPU computing for users within the institute in collaboration with Nvidia. And, more such training programs are also in the pipeline,” concluded Prof Mitra.