Sergei Abramov stated: "The SKIF Nedra programme has been written. The concept of the programme has been approved by the Union State Council of Ministers. The text of the programme is fully ready. The agreement process is nearly over. I hope that the programme may be and should be launched in 2014. The Belarusian side has the same view." He explained that the programme envisages the development of software and hardware solutions for industries related to mineral deposits.
Speaking about the SKIF Grid programme that has been carried out in the past, Sergei Abramov said that several supercomputers in Russia and Belarus had been developed. "It is quite a large number of hardware devices, a huge software complex", stated the scientists. The developers tried to apply all the results not only in science and education but in real economy, too, in other words for concrete enterprises of the two countries. Moreover, by using additional funds outside the programme's framework the scientists created several other supercomputers. All in all, 45 results of intellectual efforts were registered.
"It is important to mention immaterial results. The programme involved about 100-150 people from Belarus and 300-350 people from Russia", stated Sergei Abramov. In his words, they managed to create a good scientific team. Sergei Abramov underlined that the supercomputer project had worked virtually as a business incubator: "The intellectual advance has been used to develop various companies."
A considerable increase in Belarus and Russia's share in the world's computing power was registered during the course of the SKIF supercomputer programme. The share dropped in between the programmes. "The power was not generated by Union State money only. It was a catalyst. Once the SKIF scientists got the ball rolling, everyone else tried to keep up", stated Sergei Abramov. He added that the interval between the programmes, which is virtually three years long now, results in material losses and the loss of team spirit. Nevertheless, the scientist's view is positive and he sees great prospects for continuing the supercomputer programmes.
In his words, the development of proprietary software was one of the most precious elements of the programmes. He pointed out that, for instance, in Russia some companies specializing in the extraction of natural resources use Western software, which is not so good from the point of view of national security. "Russian and Belarusian mathematics is as good as the Western one", noted Sergei Abramov.
Deputy Director General of the United Informatics Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Viktor Alyushkevich agreed with his colleague. He said that the new programme can be launched next year. He added that the supercomputer project had allowed using certain results at Minsk Motor Plant and Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant. There are plans to deploy a relevant grid segment for the Belarusian tire industry soon, said the scientist.