Tuesday, September 18, 2012

India to build the fastest Supercomputer by 2017


India is now planning to build its indigenous supercomputer by 2017. The telecom ministry has drawn up an ambitious blueprint to build a supercomputer which would be 61 times faster than any machine available. The estimated cost of this project is Rs. 4,700 crore over the next five years.

A supercomputer's performance is measured in FLOPS or Floating Point Operations Per Second. IBM's Sequoia pushes itself up to the 16.3 petaflops mark and is currently being employed by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to run simulations of Nuclear Weapons Testing. India's supercomputer is geared at beating the current champ, but it'll be used for is not very clear.

At present India's fastest supercomputer is employed at CSIR Center for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulations in Bengaluru, delivering a top performance of 303.9 teraflops. Telecom and IT minister Kapil Sibal has has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, detailing a Rs. 4,700 crore investment over the next five years to develop "petaflop and exaflop range of supercomputers". According to reports Sibal has proposed that the Department of Electronics and Information Technology be commissioned to oversee the supercomputing development in the country.


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