Divisions - Interdisciplinary Research

Supercomputer Cluster:

The Center's flagship computers used for solving grand-challenge problems include a alliance of both shared and distributed memory systems such as:

  1. Two 32-processor IBM Regatta P690, each with 256GB memory 
  2. One 16-processor IBM Regatta P690 with 128GB memory 
  3. One 32-processor SGI Altix 3700 system with 224 GB memory
  4. 16-processor IBM RS/6000 SP  System with 32GB Main Memory
  5. Several  4-processor Compaq Alphaserver (ES40) Shared Memory Systems.
  6. 32-processor IBM RS/6000 SP with 10 GB distributed memory.

Computer Cluster: Comprising of single-processor RISC-based systems such as IBM/RS6000 59x, HP C200 and Compaq XP 1000. The load sharing software running across this cluster ensures balanced distribution of user jobs among different systems.

Graphics Cluster: Comprising of graphics servers as SGI Octane, Onyx and Indigo, and SUN Ultra 60 with Hardware Open GL support and graphics development software tools.

Access Station Cluster: Comprising of unix workstation such as IBM  RS/6000 340 and 43P, SUN Ultra 5, and Ultra 10, Ultra 60, HP C200, Compaq XP-1000, SGI Indy and O2, Octane, as well as a cluster of Intel Pentiums running Window 95/NT and Linux.

Software: All the unix systems in SERC offer uniform program development with Fortran, C, and C++ compilers along with profilers, and debuggers. In addition, the supercomputing cluster also offers Auto- Parellization tools and Message passing libraries such as KAP, Forge90, MPI and PVM. The graphics systems offer development tools as Open Inventor and Performer. In addition, a Plethora of special purpose software and libraries are also available, such as:

  1. Matlab, Mathematica and Maple for Numerical and Symbolic computation  
  2. Mathematical libraries such as IMSL, ESSL, DXML, COMPLIB and MLIB
  3. Structural Engineering related software such EMAS, NASTRAN and NISA
  4. Biological modelling software such as MSI Biosym site.

Network: All the system in SERC are on the network and are available for campus wide access. The SERC building has a Gigabit Ethernet backbone providing switched 100 mbps connection to each workstation and server. In turn, the SERC network is connected to the Campus-Wide FDDI backbone, which will soon be upgraded to a full duplex Gigabit Ethernet backbone, providing gigabit speed and width across different departments of the institute. Other Facilities: Other than the computing services, SERC offers a host of peripheral services to its users,. Which include black and white laser printing, High resolution Colour Laser and Deskjet printing for preparation of slides and posters, High-Resolution Scanning of Printed Text and images, and CD-ROM writing.

Research: SERC faculty and scientists have organized the following well endowed research laboratories:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Architecture
  • Database Systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • Grid Applications Research
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Multimedia Systems
  • Scientific Computation

SERC has an organised library with a stock of current  books and computer system or software related manuals. SERC operates a 24 hour helpdesk service to its user over phones  and through email.



The Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) coordinates activities to promote a variety of programmes relevant to specific target groups, by use of Institute's facilities through short-term/refresher courses. CCE coordinates various continuing education programmes with the concerned departments and sponsoring agencies, and provides necessary assistance and infrastructure support to faculty members organizing the programmes.