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India to Invest $1 Billion in Supercomputing Race

Dinesh C. Sharma writes that India is rebooting their efforts in the supercomputing race with a billion-dollar initiative to create next-generation supercomputers.

The government has committed `5,000 crore (nearly $1billion) for the plan, making it the largest ever grant for a single research programme since Independence. The money is likely to start flowing during the 12th five-year plan period. The only jarring aspect of the project is that its reins are being handed over to the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, which has only been a user and not a designer or developer of supercomputers.

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