Presently, the Computer Centre (CC) of IISER Bhopal provides an institute wide fibre network that connects all the academic, hostels, administrative, and residentials builidings to the Computer Centre. Internet access is provided by 820 Mbps (1:1) dedicated Internet leased circuit through two different Internet service providers. The Institute had a newly installed few advance servers of 2 X six core Intel Xeon processor X5670 @ 2.93 GHz with 12 MB L3 Cache, IQI 6.40 GT/s, 32 GB DDR3 1066 MHz RAM, hot plug SAS Hard Disk for running our own internal/external DNS, web based automation, centralized authentication mechanism using LDAP/Radius, storage services for each user of IISER Bhopal and personal homepage hosting services for academic staff. Digital Library services with appropriate networking system is being provided access to online library services to various databases with downloading facilities from institute network. The Institute is in the process to provide VPN facility to all the users of IISER Bhopal to access digital library, as well as the Institute network from remote location. With the help of Google, the Institute Computer Centre provides email facility with 30 GB content storage space for each user of IISERB. The Institute is in the process to in house the official website.
There is a separate Computer Lab for UG and PG students based on Linux/Windows platform and with all major public domain application software. The Computer Centre has a Red Hat enterprise Linux cluster of high performance computing system for scientific research. It is the institute's first High-Performance Computing facility serving the computational needs of several research groups on campus. The iDataPlex racks are liquid-cooled and host 132 compute nodes (2112 processor cores) representing a theoretical peak performance of 44 Teraflops/sec. Each iDataPlex node runs on Intel E5-2670 series CPUs and has at least 64 GB memory. There are 4 high-memory nodes with 192 GB RAM for memory-intensive applications. The nodes are interconnected by 4X QDR InfiniBand network. The cluster has access to 100 TB of storage divided in to a home (NFS) area of 60 TB and a parallel-file system of 40 TB as scratch. With a write through-put of over 2 GB/s this file system provides invaluable I/O speed when running applications.
The Computer Centre equipped with to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days an year. It has a power back-up through redundant 40 KVA UPS and a 500 KVA automatic generator set. CC is in the process of laying the gigabit fibre optic backbone that connects all the Academic Departments, Hostels, Central Library, and Administrative Departments to it with 3 tier Cisco managed architecture. Internet and Email services shall be provided to all the users through dedicated 100/1000 Mbps network links. All the buildings of the Institute is Wi-Fi enabled.
Along with this, the Computer Centre of IISER Bhopal is a part of National Knowledge Network (NKN), the network under which all the seven IISERs (Mohali, Kolkata, Pune, Bhopal, Trivandrum, Tirupati, Berhampur) are going to be network connected. NKN will encourage and enable the use of specialized applications, while allow sharing of high performance computing facilities, e-libraries, virtual class rooms and large databases. So that we can share our education, research, health service and library facilities with all other IISERs and research institutions in the country with an access speed of 1 Gbps.
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