November 3 2021: Union Minister of State for Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh inauguratied a 650 teraflops supercomputing facility at National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) at Mohali yesterday.
He announced that the government would identify and promote 75 innovative Start-Ups in the 75th year of India's independence and this new supercomputing facility will act as a facilitator for these Start-ups working in areas like Telemedicine, Digital Health, mHealth with BIG Data, AI, BlockChain and other technologies.
Te Minister added that , the facility at NABI had come up under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) in collaboration with C-DAC, Pune. The Minister said that this high-end facility will be a boon for the analysis of BIG DATA accruing from the large-scale genomics, functional genomics, structural genomics and population studies being carried out at various Institutes and universities of national and international repute. The facility comprises of 1 Master Node, 28 Compute Nodes, 1 Fat Node, 2 GPU Nodes, Storage Node.
Established with an approximate cost of Rs. 20 crores ( Rs 200 million) , the 650 teraflops supercomputing facility, Param Smriti, will caterin to the needs of the interdisciplinary cutting-edge research being carried out at the Institute related to Agricultural and Nutritional Biotechnology. It will also be available for the scientists of NABI and Centre of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB) and will be open to collaborative work for the scientists/faculties working in the neighboring institutes/universities and for the projects sanctioned under NSM. Dr.Jitendra Singh also launched two digital working platforms i.e.. NABI-Labify and e-Office at NABI & CIAB under the ‘Digital India’ Initiative. NABI Labify is a unique software that facilitates the live tracking of funds, which are sanctioned for purchase of equipment, consumable, manpower, extramural projects etc. Source PIB