The Centre for Computational and Data Sciences (CCDS) at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) has been established in March, 2017 with a mandate to promote next generation interdisciplinary research and teaching activities that involve state-of-the-art high performance computing (HPC) platforms. IIT Kharagpur is going to get a supercomputing facility of 1 Peta-flop computing power under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), Govt. of India. This facility will be built, managed and operated under CCDS to provide large-scale computational support to the researchers of IIT Kharagpur, who are engaged in research activities in diverse areas of national importance. This facility will accelerate and evolve the level of research currently being done with manifold improvement in output and efficiency. The research activities of CCDS will address building hardware and software for HPC systems, Data Management, Analytics, Visualizations, etc, along with promoting cutting-edge research in different HPC application domains that include but are not limited to Computational Biology, Drug Design, Atmospheric Modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Geo-Scientific Computations, Modeling and Mining of Heterogeneous Information Network, Multi-scale Modeling of Novel Materials, Computational Chemistry, Computational Physics, Cryptanalysis, Numerical Mathematics, Computational Mechanics, Non-equilibrium Molecular Dynamics, etc.
Solutions of many scientific and engineering problems require state-of-the-art massively parallel computing infrastructure. Faculty members and their research groups from several departments/centers of IIT Kharagpur are either engaged in or are keen to take part in solving many such challenging problems. The goal behind the establishment of CCDS is to promote cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in science and engineering and provide state-of-the-art large computational support (both hardware and software) to the users. Other than research, the Centre will also focus on education and capacity building. It will promote high performance computational research excellence in different areas for faculty and students, as well as focused courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.