You can call it an app; one that can speed up scientific computing for almost any industry. But it’s an app that took four years, tens of scientists, and cracking some serious partial differential equations to build. That’s how Santosh Ansumali likes to describe his complex algorithms. Poker faced, which belies mild paranoia — very few outside Ansumali’s field understand his work — he is willing to simplify it to an extent that “people at least don’t get this wrong”.
His paranoia isn’t misplaced. In a country where programmers are a dime a dozen, India cannot claim even one software product in scientific computing which has either gained critical acclaim or popular use.