the indian institute of technology, kharagpur, is the first academic institution to get a supercomputing facility under the national supercomputing mission (nsm). this will provide large computational support to users to carry out both research and teaching activities that involve state-of-the-art high performance computing (hpc) and usher in a new age in research and innovation in the country, an iit-kharagpur spokesperson said.iit-kgp director prof p p chakrabarti said `the peta-flop new system with both cpu and cpu-gpu based servers along with the already existing hpc equipment will provide about 1.5 peta-flop capacity support to several areas where the researchers of iit-kgp are actively involved.` the institute is setting up a new centre for computational and data sciences (ccds) around such a supercomputing platform to build, manage and operate the hpc facility, he said.referring to the research areas where the facility will be of use, prof chakrabarti said `faculty members and their research groups at iit-kgp are already engaged in research in several areas of national importance requiring large computational (both hardware and software) support. `the facility will cover cutting-edge research scope in different inter-disciplinary areas like bio molecular simulations, drug design and bio-informatics, climate change and digital earth, geo-scientific exploration, infras...