High performance computing will be in focus at an international seminar on Advanced Computing and Communication Technologies for High Performance Applications to be conducted at the Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT), Angamaly, from September 24 to 26. The seminar will bring to the attention of industry and academicians the progress that is happening in this area here.

The progress in this field provides immense value-added services in bioinformatics, oceanography, nanotechnology, image rendering and so on, which demand powerful and complex computation, said J.C. Prasad, head of the department of computer science and engineering, FISAT.

High performance computing is essential for meteorological studies, he said. The department has a Centre for High Performance Computing, equipped with a High Performance Cluster Computing System, Dakshina Cluster Series-1.

The system built using free software offers research options for interested students.

The department is also ready to offer it to industry, Mr. Prasad said. The conference focuses on communication (among a cluster of computers) and computing aspects that are required to enhance performance.

Robert Bob Marcus, scientist and author of Grid Computing from the U.S.; K.D. Nayak, Director, ANURAG, Defence Research and Development Organisation; Michael Arock, National Institute of Technology Thiruchirappally; George Mattathil, CEO, Strategic Group, the U.S.; Rajkumar Kannan from Slovakia; Dr. A. Kannan, Anna University; Dr. K.R. Sreevatsan, Director, Indian Institute Information Technology and Management - Kerala (IIITMK); and Amarnath Raja, national secretary, CSI; will attend.

Dr. Gangan Prathap, Vice-Chancellor, CUSAT and Anand Parthasarathy, Consulting Editor (IT), The Hindu, will be speaking during the inaugural session of the conference.