Research & Development

Supercomputer Facility in the State

About Supercomputer Facility in the State

The evolving face of technology has necessitated a fresh relook at our technology policies and investments. The world itself is witnessing a new revolution brought on by technology and it is continuing to change our lives in every way. Today, supercomputing has become a new reality in the new world order. In fact, the growth potential of a nation is measured by the availability of its supercomputing resources.

Supercomputing today has become the new paradigm for growth and development all across the world. It is the key to new reforms in all societal sectors of the economy from manufacturing, defence, power, agriculture, communications, banking, and so on.

Government of Gujarat has taken this broad step to set up the Supercomputing facility for the benefit of the faculty, research scholars and students of Gujarat. This step will lead to raising the technical acumen of our students and they will be able to gain a competitive edge in their careers.

Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST), working under the aegis of the Department of Science & technology, Government of Gujarat has set the ball rolling in a very positive direction in setting up supercomputing facilities in the engineering and research institutions and originations to provide capacity building among students and faculties with advanced technologies to perform high-end computations for scientific, engineering and academic programs to address and catalyse the research using modelling, simulation and data analysis. The facility will also help in promoting research by integrating leading-edge emerging technologies at the grass root level.

The PARAM Shavak Supercomputing Facility for HPC and Deep Learning designed and developed by Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), India. The Supercomputing facility established using C-DAC indigenous PARAM Shavak Supercomputing facility is equipped with latest Intel Processor and Accelerators technologies will bring in new innovation avenues in the field of Computational Science and Engineering through collaborative research and development in various engineering fields. This creation of Supercomputing infrastructure shall facilitate multi-disciplinary Engineering Research using high performance computing techniques, enabling technologies, Capacity & Capability Building, High End Computational Research and Innovation.

The PARAM Shavak systems are specially designed to provide computational resource (Capacity building) with advanced technologies to perform high-end computations for scientific, engineering and academic programs to address and catalyse the research using modelling, simulation and data analysis. This initiative is expected to create HPC aware skilled workforce (Capability building) and for promoting research by integrating leading-edge emerging technologies at grass root level.

The use of advanced computational technologies will provide extensive scope for the faculty, PhD scholars and students both graduate and undergraduate to attain a very high standard required in present day fast changing scenario of technology thus help achieve excellence in engineering education and research of the state of Gujarat. This shall draw attention to the tremendous range of major computational efforts on large problems in science and engineering, to promote the interdisciplinary culture required to meet these large-scale challenges, to encourage the training of the next generation of engineering minds, invite research collaboration with neighbouring foreign nations. This High Performance Computing infrastructure is the beginning and can also be used by the researchers in the state of Gujarat with increased computing power.

Today, with the progress of technology, supercomputing which had earlier been an elite technology, is now readily available for the common user, thereby multiplying its potential benefits without the high cost of investments that plagued its reach altogether.

The installation of supercomputer facility in the engineering institutions is a very important step in terms of exposing the faculty and students to the latest in what technology has to offer but also to keep them abreast of the latest trends in global technologies. It is a fact that there are only a handful of countries including India who have developed capabilities in utilizing this technology to solve grand challenge problems which are more or less out of bounds for serial computing.

Supercomputers at each of the ten institutions will begin operations with one PARAM Shavak Supercomputer equipped with latest Intel processor and high speed Nvidia GPGPU accelerator technologies on an immediate basis.

Faculties of C-DAC and experts from C-DAC and industry shall visit to provide training on computing real life complex problems of state and national importance.

With PARAM Shavak in the fray, it is now time to harvest the talent and make the most of our skills and expertise.

During 2017-18, GUJCOST has supplied 6 Supercomputers in six different engineering and research institutions in the state with an aim to provide computational resource with advanced technologies to perform high-end computations for scientific, engineering and academic programmes to address and catalyse the research using modelling, simulation and data analysis. The Six supercomputers facilities have been established in variously selected engineering colleges during the year 2017-18as per the details given below:

  • L.D. Engineering College, Ahmedabad,
  • Govt Engineering College, Rajkot,
  • Gujarat Biotechnology Research Center Gandhinagar
  • Veer Narmada South Gujarat University, Surat
  • Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Patan and
  • Institute for Seismological Research (ISR), Gandhinagar.

During the 2018-19 financial year, GUJCOST has a budgetary provision of providing 10 supercomputer facilities to 10 engineering and research institutions in the state as per the following:

1. Dept of Botany, Bioinformatics & Climate Change Impacts Management, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad

2. Dept of Computer Engineering, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand

3. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Vadodara

4. Faculty of Technology, Dharmsinh Desai University, Nadiad

5. Birla Vishwakarma Mahavidyalaya, Anand

6. Institute of Technology, Nirma University, Ahmedabad

7. School of Technology, GSFC University, Vadodara

8. Chandubhai S. Patel Institute of Technology (CHARUSAT), Changa, Petlad, Anand

9. LDRP Institute of Technology & Research, Kadi Sarva Viswavidyalaya, Gandhinagar

10. Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, M S University, Vadodara

Supercomputer is a platform for the young students and academic researcher with innovative ideas and to provide an end-to-end solution for high-performance computing /deep learning, starting from latest hardware, GPU Accelerated software development environment, application support, training and tutorials to nurture and satisfy needs of the end users.

Objective

  • Disseminating advanced computing techniques useful in many research academic semester projects and Ph.D. thesis.
  • Introduction of HPC and Deep Learning as a subject in the academic/engineering the curriculum at UG/PG level.
  • Providing a base of Supercomputing expertise to develop interdisciplinary computational science and deep learning degree programs.
  • Help professors and faculty members in developing funding proposals for High- Performance Computing(HPC) and Deep Learning (DL) research-based projects,
  • Providing not only a set of resources to list in proposals but also expertise on emerging issues that are of interest to funding agencies.
  • Encouraging possibilities of various national and international labs for joint research in High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Deep Learning (DL) arena.

Expected Outcomes from Establishment of Supercomputer Facility Institutions in the State.

  • Faculty and students across all academic/engineering disciplines can be educated in computational science and deep learning techniques, and thereby positioning themfor careers in cutting edge science and technology.
  • Faculty and Researchers who employ High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Deep Learning (DL) in their engineering software can be educated in software designMethodologies that allow maximal exploitation of computing resources for complex problem-solving environments.
  • Faculty and students can incorporate into their research codes the techniques of sound software design, coding, debugging, testing, maintenance, porting and performance evaluation.
  • Students can be taught to act as consultants to application teams that use supercomputing and deep learning techniques by providing a pathway for disseminating knowledge.
  • Student researchers can have opportunities to present ongoing projects to an audience of HPC and DL educated colleagues, in order to obtain feedback on improving their investigations.
  • Faculty and researchers can apply for and obtain funding for project proposals involving supercomputing researches.

Benefits to faculty and Students for Training Workshop on High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Deep Learning (DL)

  • Industry and academia throughout the world are suffering from a severe shortage of skilled personnel able to bridge the gap between the dynamic environments in IT and research/science. The objective is to create a group of experts who have the hands-on training and skills needed to fill this gap, by providing students with a solid background in scientific computing approaches, algorithms, modelling and data analysis.
  • Create a pool of skilled professionals for pursuing research and development in the area of High Performance Computing (HPC) and deep learning and enable effective use of systems for parallel computing in several application domain areas.
  • Opportunity for students to get in touch with top notch companies involved in the R&D activities of HPC and DL technologies and explore potential career paths.
  • High performance computing is an integral part of modern scientific and engineering education and research. Students will be exposed to the essential tools and techniques of high performance computing and deep learning. This will enable the students to program practical problems from different scientific disciplines and also work on individual or group projects to consolidate their learning
  • Introduce faculty and students to different frameworks of distributed computing and deep learning that they can use in their specific areas of interest.
  • Deep learning opens the door to numerous inspection applications and solutions that were previously unsolvable within high speed, environmentally challenging industrial environments.
  • Three major drivers caused the breakthrough of (deep) neural networks: the availability of huge amounts of training data, powerful computational infrastructure, and advances in academia. Thereby deep learning systems start to outperform not only classical methods, but also human benchmarks in various tasks like image classification or face recognition. This creates the potential for many disruptive new businesses leveraging deep learning to solve real-world problems.
  • Disseminating advanced computing and deep learning techniques useful in many research academic semester projects and PhD thesis.
  • Introduction of HPC and Deep Learning as a subject in the academic curriculum at UG level so as to prepare the students to work with real life complex compute intensive problems.
  • Providing a base of Supercomputing expertise to develop interdisciplinary computational science and deep learning degree programs.
  • Help faculties in developing funding proposals for High Performance Computing and Deep Learning research based projects, providing not only a set of resources to list in proposals but also expertise on emerging issues that are of interest to funding agencies.
  • Collaboration with scientific and research labs of Government and Industry for joint research projects in HPC and DL arena.
  • Exposure to HPC / DL technology will build strong research capability of the county which will help India to transform itself to Technology R&D Hub from Back Office Service Provider.
  • High Performance Computing and Deep Learning trained workforce will take up the challenges to solve social problem which will eventually lead to the next start-ups revolution of India (Make in India).
  • Students can do internships in Government and Industry working in HPC or DL technologies and can contribute to ongoing live projects.

High Performance Computing and Deep Learning educational efforts across all academic disciplines will focus on the following goals:

  • Faculty and students across all engineering disciplines can be educated in computational science and deep learning techniques, and thereby positioning them for careers in cutting edge science and technology.
  • Faculty and Researchers who employ HPC and DL in their research work can be educated in software design methodologies that allow maximal exploitation of computing resources for complex problem solving environments.
  • Faculty and students can incorporate into their research codes the techniques of sound software design, coding, debugging, testing, maintenance, porting and performance evaluation.
  • Students can be taught to act as consultants to application teams that use supercomputing and deep learning techniques by providing a pathway for disseminating knowledge.
  • Student researchers can have opportunities to present ongoing projects to an audience of HPC and DL educated colleagues, in order to obtain feedback on improving their investigations.
  • Faculty can write project proposals in collaboration with the domain experts (Atmospheric, Biotechnology, Space, Defence, Security etc.) from the Government and Industry where the faculty can render computational expertise.
  • Faculty and researchers can apply for and obtain funding for project proposals involving supercomputing and deep learning researches.

Internship Opportunities through Supercomputer Facility in the State

Summer Internship in High Performance Computing and Deep Learning at C-DAC or industry working in these technologies aimed at providing students with a solid foundation in modern high performance computing (HPC) topics /Deep Learning (DL) topics and integrated with research on real problems encountered in large-scale scientific codes.

The students at UG/PG level will receive training and lectures on modern topics in HPC, DL and software development, including

  • Parallel programming,
  • Programming models,
  • Algorithms,
  • Hardware architecture and its impact on code design choices,
  • High-quality software development in collaborative environments,
  • Visualization and workflow

Students will collaborate in teams to identify and investigate different computational problems within the engineering/scientific focus area, and implement solutions guided by mentors with scientific and computational expertise.

Students will work on cutting-edge HPC hardware technologies and gain hands-on experience.

Students will gain experience in communicating their work through posters and oral presentations.

At the end of the summer program, all of the interns will be able to present their research results. This experience will enable the students to present the research results at scientific conferences/ journals at national and international level.

  • http://www.gujaratindia.com, Government of Gujarat : External website that opens in a new window
  • OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER,GUJARAT STATE
  • Gujarat State Innovation Council : PDF file opens in New Window
  • http://www.gswan.gov.in, GSWAN : External website that opens in a new window
  • Vibrant Gujarat 2019: External website that opens in a new window
  • http://india.gov.in, The National Portal of India : External website that opens in a new window
  • http://www.dst.gov.in/, Department of Science and Technology : External website that opens in a new window
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