India's fastest supercomputer on its way

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 13 February 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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Pune: India's fastest supercomputer, being developed by Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) with 5-7 teraflop (a teraflop is a measure of computer's speed), to help high-end research in oil exploration, space, aircraft and structural designs will see its debut this June.

According to The Indian Express, CDAC will install it at the National Param Supercomputing Facility on the University of Pune campus.

"The main purpose of the project is to make computer system useful to users for high-end research. It will be used to carry out researches in oil exploration, space, aircraft and structural designs and will also be used extensively by India Meteorological Department (IMD)," CDAC director Sharad Purohit said adding that the supercomputer was remotely controlled, but after it is commissioned, it would be integrated into GARUDA. (GARUDA is the nationwide computational grid deployed by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing that connects 17 cities across the country with major institutions like the Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and IMD among others with an aim to bring "grid" networked computing to research labs and industry.)

Currently, the fastest supercomputer - Param - is of one teraflop and CDAC had recently announced that it would soon be coming out with 1.5 teraflop supercomputer specifically for bioinformatics research and development.

The development work for this project was done by CDAC's High Performance Computing Group (HPCG) where 100 people did its development in a modular way with scientists working on the existing models and improvising and innovating after being divided into three sub-groups - hardware, software
and application.

The project was carried out by CDAC in collaboration with "industrial partners" - Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), drug design firm Jubilant Biosys and Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Agency.

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