‘Param Shivay’ Supercomputer to Speed up Research Work at IIT-BHU

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The supercomputer has been built at the cost of Rs 32.5 crore under the National Super Computing Mission. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated Param Shivay, a supercomputer of 833 teraflop capacity at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

The supercomputer has been built at the cost of Rs 32.5 crore under the National Super Computing Mission, The Indian Express reported.

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As per the report, the ‘Param Shivay’ will include 1 peta byte secondary storage and appropriate open source system and application software suite using 223 processor nodes, 384 GB per node DDR4 RAM, parallel file system, including CPU and GPU.

Scientists, teachers and research students, government research laboratories, and engineering colleges adjacent to IIT-BHU can avail benefits of the projects. About 40 per cent computer power will be used by the students of Navodaya Vidyalaya.

The institute claims that the supercomputer centre will take care of the problems of common man related to relevant social issues such as irrigation schemes, traffic management and health.

“The National Supercomputer Mission (NSM) is an important initiative taken by the Government of India. The initiative supports Governments ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ and will also play an important role in keeping India in forefront of the world’s super-computing map,” said IIT-BHU Director Prof. Pramod Kumar Jain.

He added that through this supercomputer, the research which earlier took months to complete now could be done in hours or minutes.

India launched its first supercomputer called PARAM 8000 in 1991. Now, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology has supercomputer called Pratyush, National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting has Mihir and IISc has SERC-Cray.

 

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