India presently has 4 supercomputers within its territory. But what’s more interesting is the fact that two of those have made it in the top 100 of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers. The list announced yesterday at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany regarding the top 500 supercomputers in the world, featured Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) supercomputer (iDataPlex DX360M4) at the 36th position, while the one developed by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), the Param Yuva II managed to reach the 69th position.
Why is India so driven to race ahead in supercomputing?
A while ago we had witnessed the zeal exhibited by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal to be at the pinnacle of the list. He had even estimated the total investment to be about US$ 900 Million (Rs. 5000 Crores) would be needed to achieve that goal.
Supercomputers are actually quite vital for multiple reasons for the growth of a developing nation like India shared Rajat Moona, director general, C-DAC, “There is a so much of high-end work being done in the area of weather forecasting, fluid dynamics, air borne bodies, ship movement, disaster management, design of earthquake prone structures that need massive supercomputing infrastructure. As a result of this need, the supercomputing infrastructure is also improving and has led to an improvement in world rankings for the country.”
What he meant was that India & even other countries have a lot of use for domestic or peaceful intentions. Additionally, India in the year 2008 had as many as 8 mainframe machines that featured in the top 500, but owing to efforts by relatively obscure countries like China especially in this field, have managed to capture the apex with its Tianhe-2 supercomputer.
Supercomputers will be critical to analyze data that would be immensely helpful for research in multiple sectors. It is proven with the fact that even with the processing power of 524 Teraflops, Param Yuva II is functioning at 70% of its capacity. With rapid advancements in processing power owing to improved raw-materials, will India work fast enough to capture the top spot within this decade?
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