India is Building One of the World’s Most Powerful Supercomputers (And it’s a BEAST)

India is well known for its prowess in technology. It is called the global IT hub of the world and boasts a record number of STEM graduates compared to any other country. Now, come June, India will be unveiling its most powerful supercomputer which would operate at a full capacity of 10 petaflops (1 followed by 15 zeroes of floating point operations per second), a clock speed a million times faster than the fastest consumer laptops, and could earn a place among the world’s top 10 fastest supercomputers.

India is no stranger to supercomputers ever since it built its first one back in the 1980s. That supercomputer held a ‘top 10’ spot only once.  The PARAM 8000 was considered as India’s first supercomputer built by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing. But now, with the advent of its newest computer, India is looking to be the home of one of the most powerful supercomputers. “The as-yet-unnamed machine will be jointly hosted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, and the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting at Noida in Uttar Pradesh.”- The Hindu





For the first time, Indian colleges and other research institutions can log in and harness the power of the nest supercomputer to address problems, such as weather modeling to ‘understanding how proteins fold.” The Government of India has allocated $64,000,000 for this project this year and most of the supercomputer’s computing power will aid India in monsoon forecasting using a dynamical model.




Future  Supercomputers

The Indian Government has proposed to commit 2.5 billion USD to supercomputing research during the 12th five-year plan period (2012-2017). The project will be handled by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Additionally, it was later revealed that India plans to develop a supercomputer with processing power in the exaflop range. It will be developed by C-DAC within the subsequent 5 years of approval.

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