In a fillip to India’s computing prowess, a supercomputer with a computing capacity of 833 teraflops called Param Shivay was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at IIT BHU, reports The Indian Express.
The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 32.5 crore; the funds were provided under the National Super Computing Mission at the university.
Modi also launched a postal stamp and a postal stamp album to mark the centenary of IIT BHU.
The new supercomputer will be utilised by scientists, teachers, research students as well as government research labs in nearby engineering institutes. Other than that, 40 per cent of computing power will be allocated for us by students of Navodaya Vidyalayas.
As per the institute, social issues such as irrigation schemes, traffic management, health, affordable medicine, etc. will also be tackled with the help of the new computing power.
Param Shivay has 1 peta byte secondary storage and is based on an open source system. Its appication software suite relies on 223 processor nodes and the machine has 384 GB per node DDR4 RAM, among other features.
The first supercomputer in India had been launched in 1991. The machine was named PARAM 8000.
Other institutes which also have their own supercomputers are the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology with Pratyush, National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting with Mihir and IISc with SERC-Cray.