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   Shillong gets supercomputer, a 1st in region  

Dated, January 06, 2009
Times of India

The Pine City is now in the 'supercomputer' league. The capital had the privilege of getting this technological marvel installed on Monday in the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) campus as part of the ongoing 96th Indian Science Congress here.

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), the premier R&D organization of the department of information technology, Union Ministry of Communications and Information technology (MC&IT) released two products named PARAM Sheersh for the North-East, which were inaugurated by NEHU chancellor and one of the most distinguished scientists of the country professor MGK Menon.

"It will have a useful application in all areas of science, especially in Bioinformatics in the North-East, which is a hot spot of genetic diversity. Data collected and stored in these computers will be of immense help with the extraction of information relevant to development of new drugs and also for weather forecasts in the region. Not only the North-East, it will also benefit the nation as a whole." Menon said.

S. Ramakrishnan, Former Director General of C-DAC, said, "The facility aims at conducting research in strategic areas of weather; seismic, bioinformatics, physics, computational fluid dynamics, material sciences, life sciences and a host of other areas." The supercomputer facility consists of four TF peak supercomputing power; along with 10 TB High Performance storage scratch space and 24 TB online storage. The management capacity is over Gigabit Ethernet.

Another innovative software, Cure@Home - which was launched along with the supercomputer here - was a decision support system with a knowledge base of integrative (Allopathy, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga) medicine to address the healthcare needs of common man. "It is a health educational tool, which can be deployed on personal computers or at Kiosks. It can be used at home, clinics, hospitals, healthcare centres, public places and schools," said Medha Dhurandhar; head and programme coordinator of the C-DAC adding, "It offers home remedies for diseases and symptoms, as well as advice on diet and lifestyle, according to the constitution, diseases, seasons and so on."