Two supercomputers from India in the TOP500 list, one in top 100
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Science & Technology
19th Nov, 2020
- Two supercomputers from India, PARAM Siddhi-AI and Mihir, have made it to the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
- The two systems have been ranked 63rd and 146th, respectively.
- Japan’s Fugaku, which has additional hardware of 442 Petaflops and was ranked first.
- In the 56th list, Japan, the USA, Germany, Italy, and France dominated the first 100 systems.
What are Supercomputers?
- A supercomputeris a computer with a high level of performance as compared to a general-purpose computer. The performance of a supercomputer is commonly measured in floating-point operations per second (FLOPS) instead of million instructions per second (MIPS).
Some of the supercomputers of India
- PARAM Siddhi-AI has aRpeak capacity of 5.267 Petaflops and Rmax capacity of 4.6 Petaflops.
- It was led and built on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD architecture.
- The system is jointly built by the Department of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Electronics and IT.
- ‘Mihir’ is a 2.8 Petaflop supercomputer.
- It is one of the powerful systems owned by the Ministry of Earth Sciences and has helped improve India’s forecasting skills.
- It is the first multi-PetaFlopssupercomputer ever built in India with 4 Petaflopcapacity.
National Supercomputing Mission
- The mission was launched in 2015.
- It was launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
- It aims to install 73 indigenous supercomputers throughout the country by 2022.
- This is a seven-year program.