IIT-Kharagpur Current Affairs - 2019

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IIT Kharagpur Inks MoU for High Performance Computing Facility & Data Center

IIT Kharagpur has signed an MoU with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to set up a 1.3 Petaflop high-performance computing facility and data centre funded under the National Supercomputing Mission.

The new supercomputing system would be used for specific challenge domains like cryptography, chemistry, molecular dynamics, drug discovery, artificial intelligence and data sciences where the new system would be utilized.

PetaFlop

PetaFlop is the measurement of computing power based on the frequency of mathematical calculations that can be done per second.

National Supercomputing Mission

National Supercomputing Mission initiated in 2015 is being implemented and steered jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) at an estimated cost of Rs.4500 crore over a period of seven years.

Objectives of the Mission
  • The Mission envisages empowering India’s national academic and R&D institutions spread by installing a vast supercomputing grid comprising of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities.
  • To bring supercomputing within the reach of the large Scientific & Technology community in the country.
  • To provide a significant qualitative and quantitative improvement in R&D and higher education in the disciplines of Science & Technology.
  • To enable the country with a capacity of solving multi-disciplinary grand challenge problems.

The mission envisages installing vast supercomputing grid comprising of over 70 high-performance computing facilities spread across the county.

Solution to Detect Fake Notes Devised at Smart India Hackathon 2019

The Students from IIT- Kharagpur has devised a code for a Smartphone application to address the problem of detecting fake Indian currency.

Detecting Fake Currency

  • Students of IIT- Kharagpur has developed an image processing application which can detect counterfeit currency.
  • A user can upload a currency note image and the mobile app would verify its authenticity using 25 features extracted from the front and rear side of the currency note.
  • If the app finds the discrepancies with the features it reports about the failure checkpoints.

Smart India Hackathon 2019

Smart India Hackathon 2019 organised by Ministry of Human Resource and Development in association with AICTE, i4c and Persistent Systems provided a unique Open Innovation Model for identifying new and disruptive technology innovations to solve the challenges faced in the country.

Smart India Hackathon aimed to

  • Harness creativity & expertise of students
  • Spark institute-level hackathons
  • Build funnel for ‘Startup India’ campaign
  • Crowdsource solutions for improving governance and quality of life
  • Provide an opportunity for citizens to provide innovative solutions to India’s daunting problems.

Smart India Hackathon 2019 together with earlier editions in 2017 and 2018 proved to be extremely successful in promoting innovation, out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students from across India.