India has created one of the most powerful supercomputers called param pravega after successfully creating 10 supercomputers in the last 3-4 decades.
Named by PARAM Shakti, PARAM Brahma, PARAM Yukti, PARAM Sanganak at IIT-Kharagpur IISER, Pune, JNCASR, Bengaluru and IIT Kanpur respectively.
Commissioned under National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), it has been installed by the IISc( Indian Institute of Science) Bangalore).
Why the need for supercomputing?
India approached the USA in 1987 for procuring a supercomputer for welfare purposes mostly whether prediction but was declined as it might be used dual purpose for weapon development. This is led India to make its supercomputer.
Computing with 3.3 petaflops per second which means 3x speed as one petaflop equals a quadrillion or 1015 operations or 1000 trillion per seconds, it is the most powerful computer ever made by India.
The hardware consists of processors like Intel Xeon Cascade Lake (Cascade Lake is an Intel codename for a 14-nanometer server, workstation, and enthusiast processor microarchitecture, launched in April 2019.) for CPU nodes and Nivida Tesla V100 cards for GPU nodes.
Packed with an array of programs, utilities, development tools, and libraries for executing high-performance computing.
Developed by C-DAC and IISc.The supercomputer has been made under the initiative of Made In India with manufacturing and assembling of various parts itself in India. With its indigenous software stack developed by C-DAC, this makes India has the cumulative computational power of 17 petaflops.
Param Pravega India’s new supercomputer with 3.3 petaflops of operations per second was installed and commissioned by IISc Bangalore and C-DAC under NSM.
This supercomputer will help India in developing and researching drug development, climate change, weather predictions, analysis of aircraft systems, hypersonic flights, and much more.
Though India has made 2 powerful supercomputers from a list of 100. The future is brighter with higher petaflops operational power still waiting to discover.
Param pervega is the starting point for the indian super computing flied.