Under the National Supercomputing Mission's plan, which got an approval from the government in March last year, in the next 7 years 80 supercomputers will be built. "Some of them will be imported and the rest will be built be indigenously. The first one will come up by August 2017", stated Ashutosh Sharma.
"We are working on how to control heat. The cost of power to run these supercomputers alone will be around Rs 1,000 crore", he added. The new supercomputers will be kept in different institutes across the country. "A supercomputer can be used for various purposes like climate modelling, weather forecast, discoveries of drugs among others", Ashutosh Sharma stated. US, Japan, China and the European Union currently account for a major share of the top supercomputing machines in the world.