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GARUDA is India's first national grid initiative bringing together academic, scientific and research communities for developing their data and compute intensive applications with guaranteed QoS. GARUDA grid is an aggregation of resources comprising of computational nodes, mass storage and scientific instruments distributed across the country.

GARUDA is a SOA based cyber infrastructure connecting computational nodes, mass storage and scientific instruments distributed across the country.

The Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India, has funded Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to deploy the nation-wide computational grid “GARUDA” spanning across 17 cities and 45 institutions with an aim to bring Distributed/Grid networked infrastructure to academic labs, research labs and industries in India.

The Proof of Concept (PoC) phase, initiated along with ERNET (Indian Education and Research Network), ended on March 2008, accomplished its deliverables by connecting 17 cities across 45 academic and research institutes country wide along with the required softwares for managing grid computing applications.

The establishment of Indian Grid Certification Authority (IGCA) for the first time in India by C-DAC in November 2008 has allowed full access to worldwide grids for Indian Researchers and represented a landmark in this domain.

The Foundation phase (April 2008 - August 2009) successfully aimed at developing Service oriented Architecture (SOA) framework, improving network stability and upgrading grid resources.

The 36 months Operation phase promises( primarily/solely focuses) on the grid enablement of applications of national priority viz Disaster Management (DMSAR), Bio informatics.

National Knowledge Network (NKN), vital to India’s development, will provide transport to all the networks in India by a multi-gigabit, low-latency, OFC-based backbone. The main design consideration for NKN is to create an infrastructure that can scale and adapt to future requirements. The project’s ultimate aim is to unite stakeholders in science, technology, higher education, RandD and e-governance using network speeds of tens of gigabits per second coupled with extremely low latencies.

GARUDA will assist to accelerate India's drive to turn its substantial research investment into tangible economic benefits.

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