C-DAC plans pilot project in grid computing


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Source : Hindu

Software tools in more languages

The Pune-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing is all set to release software tools and fonts in seven more Indian languages by the end of March. The languages are Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi and Urdu.

Announcing this, C-DAC Director General, S. Ramakrishnan, said here on Friday that the software tools and fonts for the remaining Indian languages including Sanskrit would be released by the end of the next financial year.

The Central Government agency under the Ministry of Information of Communications and Information Technology has already released such software tools and fonts in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

Pilot project

Speaking to reporters at the 93rd session of the Indian Science Congress, he said the C-DAC had also planned to roll out a pilot project to demonstrate India's capability in the high tech area of grid computing this year. The project envisages linking the computer resources of 40 institutions in different parts of the country for addressing issues like disaster management and bioinformatics, which require processing of a large quantity of data in quick time and which cannot be performed by any single institution all by itself.

High speed network

For the purpose of the project, the computer resources of the institutions would be connected by a high speed network of a capacity of 100 megabits a second. This translates to an aggregate peak speed for transfer of data among the institutions at 2.488 gigabits a second.

The speed of the link between the computers of any two institution would be upto100 megabits per second and if the computer resources of the all institutions were to transfer data among themselves simultaneously, they will be able to transfer them at a speed of up to 2.488 gigabits a second.

At any given point of time, normally, it would be enough to use the computing resources of a few institutions.

Only on very rare occasions, it may be required to use the resources of all institutions together and simultaneously. During the pilot project stage, it was proposed to try out a few applications.

Synthetic aperture radar

Giving the example of disaster management, Dr. Ramakrishnan said it would primarily involve C-DAC's centre at Bangalore and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s Space Application Centre at Ahmedabad.

Under the experiment, atmospheric and other data would be collected by a synthetic aperture radar aboard an aircraft and downloaded onto a computer at SAC.

It would then be processed by computers at SAC and the one teraflop Param Padma computer at C-DAC's Bangalore centre.