The government is planning to allow private institutions to plug into the National Knowledge Network, to make access to high perfomance computing and shared resources easier and cheaper.

The center for development of advanced computing (C-DAC) which is in charge of setting up the nation wide backbone infrastructure wants to reach out to non government institution, The Hindu Business Line reported.

The knowledge network which was set up some 4 years ago, got a billion dollar budget approved in March 2012. An ultra-high speed core, starting with multiple 2.5/10G and 40/100 Gigabits per second will connect institutions in the network. NKN

The network will make use of grid computing capabilities that gives access to applications such as science projects like Large Hadron Collider at CERN. It will also enable virtual classrooms, collaborative research, eGovernance and sharing of computing resources. Currently there are about 1045 institutes connected to the network and CDAC wants to connect 1500 entities, according to their websiteNKN Distribution

India’s national grid computing initiative is called Garuda (Global Access to Resources Using Distributed Architecture). The grid will aggregate high performance computing resources and be networked using the National Knowledge Network. It will provide on demand provisioning  to institutions that are working on compute intensive areas such as climate modelling or bio bioinformatics.

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