Hyderabad: The National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) has deployed PARAM Ganga-a High-Performance Computational (HPC) facility at IIT Roorkee, with a supercomputing capacity of 1.66 Petaflops. Earlier, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru installed the supercomputer ‘Param Pravega’. Read more about the supercomputer… Supercomputer PARAM Ganga has been established by the Centre for Development of Advanced […]
Hyderabad: The National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) has deployed PARAM Ganga-a High-Performance Computational (HPC) facility at IIT Roorkee, with a supercomputing capacity of 1.66 Petaflops. Earlier, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru installed the supercomputer ‘Param Pravega’. Read more about the supercomputer…
Supercomputer PARAM Ganga has been established by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) under the approach of NSM. The basic idea behind building a Petascale Supercomputer with manufactured in India components is to lead the path towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat and accelerate the problem-solving capacity in multidisciplinary domains simultaneously.
The focus is to provide computational power to the user community of IIT Roorkee and neighboring academic institutions.
What is a Supercomputer?
A supercomputer is a computer that performs at or near the currently highest operational rate for computers. Generally, PETAFLOP is a measure of a Supercomputer’s processing speed and can be expressed as a thousand trillion floating-point operations per second.
-FLOPS (floating-point operations per second) are typically used to measure the performance of a computer’s processor. Using floating-point encoding, extremely long numbers can be handled relatively easily.
Supercomputers are primarily designed to be used in enterprises and organizations that require massive computing power. For example: weather forecasting, scientific research, intelligence gathering and analysis, data mining etc.
Globally, China has the maximum number of supercomputers and maintains the top position in the world, followed by the US, Japan, France, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. India’s first supercomputer was PARAM 8000.
PARAM Shivay, the first supercomputer assembled indigenously, was installed in IIT (BHU), followed by PARAM Shakti, PARAM Brahma, PARAM Yukti, PARAM Sanganak at IIT-Kharagpur, IISER, Pune, JNCASR, Bengaluru and IIT Kanpur respectively.
In 2020, PARAM Siddhi, the High-Performance Computing-Artificial Intelligence (HPC-AI) supercomputer, achieved global ranking of 62nd in Top 500 most powerful supercomputer systems in the world.
National Supercomputing Mission
In 2015, the National Supercomputing Mission was launched to enhance the research capacities and capabilities in the country by connecting them to form a Supercomputing grid, with National Knowledge Network (NKN) as the backbone.
The NKN project is aimed at establishing a strong and robust Indian network which will be capable of providing secure and reliable connectivity. The Mission plans to build and deploy 24 facilities with cumulative compute power of more than 64 Petaflops.
Till now C-DAC has deployed 11 systems at IISc, IITs, IISER Pune, JNCASR, NABI-Mohali and C-DAC under NSM Phase-1 and Phase-2 with a cumulative compute power of more than 20 Petaflops. It supports the government’s vision of ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives.
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