India gets serious about supercomputing

Very recently India unveiled Pratyush, it’s fastest supercomputer yet. On Monday it was established at IITM Pune. Computing at a peak power of 6.8 petaflops, it propels Indian supercomputing strength from 300th to 30th in the top 500 fastest supercomputers. According to a statement by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pratyush is the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world dedicated for weather and climate research, and follows machines in Japan, USA and the United Kingdom.

The machines will be installed at two government institutes: 4.0 petaflops HPC facility at IITM, Pune; and 2.8 petaflops facility at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast, Noida.

 The array has been built at a total cost of 400 crores. The machine’s key feature is that they will use a dynamic model, something that demands heavy computing power. With the new system, it would be possible to map regions in India at a resolution of 3 km and the globe at 12 km.
So what does that mean for the people ?

“As a result of added computing power, the number of farmers who receive weather information through text messages is expected to increase from 24 million at present to 45 million by 2019,” Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said

Future plans

Government has dedicated 450 crore rupees to inaugurate a 10 petaflops facility by next year.

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