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Indian companies such as Infosys, Satyam, TCS, Strand Genomics as well as leading defence and educational institutions such as BARC, IISc, IBAB, C-DAC and CSIR are part of the Intel programme to push grid computing and HPC activities. "India will see the second fastest growth in HPC after China. Most of the work is being conducted in areas such as education and defence. Moving ahead, the energy (oil and gas) and the manufacturing sector will see HPC-driven applications," according to Vijay Keshav, Industry Solutions Manager, Asia Pacific-HPC, Intel Asia Inc.
According to Mr. Keshav, HPC using the grid computing method would cost only one-fifth of a super computer that offers the same power. "One terraflop of computing power will cost about $100,000-$500,000 as compared to a supercomputer which may cost millions," he said. Over 1.5 million PCs in 200 countries are generating terraflops of computing power using HPC.
Closer home, Intel's development centre in Bangalore is working with several companies to enable them to develop applications powered by HPC. Over 1500 engineers are now involved in various HPC/grid computing projects.
Further to create greater awareness about the high performance computing concept, Intel plans to conduct workshops and training programmes for its channel programme partners and OEMs such as Wipro and HCL.
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