PARAM Kanchenjunga, the fastest Supercomputer of North East India, housed at the National Institute of Technology Sikkim’s campus Ravangla, South Sikkim was formally unveiled by Sikkim Governor Shrinivas Patil at the NIT Sikkim campus, near Gangtok on 15th April 2016. The NIT Sikkim's supercomputer, ‘PARAM Kanchenjunga’ is a collaboration between Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C—DAC) Pune and the Ministry of Communications and IT.
What is a supercomputer ?
A supercomputer is a computer with a high-level computational capacity compared to a general-purpose computer. The performance of a supercomputer is measured in floating-point operations per second (FLOPS) instead of million instructions per second (MIPS).
Points to know about NIT Sikkim's supercomputer, The PARAM Kanchenjunga.
- The NIT Sikkim's supercomputer is named 'Param Kanchenjunga' because the word 'Param' means 'Supreme' comes from Sanskrit language and Kanchenjunga, as many of you would know, is the third highest mountain in the world located in Sikkim.
- The PARAM Kanchenjunga supercomputer is equipped with the latest Intel-based processor and accelerator technologies with a peak computing power of 15 Teraflops which will give a major boost to research at all levels.
- The PARAM Kanchenjunga supercomputer not only shares the distinct privilege of being the fastest supercomputer in the North East region, but it would also be the fastest supercomputer among all the 31 NITs.
- The entire system cost to establish the PARAM Kanchenjunga supercomputer exceeds over Rs. 2 crore while the related infrastructure to house it including electrical and air-conditioning has cost the NIT Sikkim Rs 50 lakh.
- Using the PARAM Kanchenjunga supercomputer , two faculty members of NIT Sikkim are already studying how to increase the efficiency of fuel movement through long oil pipelines such as from the Middle East to India.
- Another project deals with the measurement of ocean surface temperature for weather forecasting through simulation.
- Besides, a few student projects have also started running on the new supercomputer like an app for instant information system regarding road condition for the tourists.
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Some Interesting must know facts about supercomputers in India
- PARAM 8000 is considered India's first supercomputer. It was indigenously built in 1990 by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing.
- Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, houses the fastest supercomputer of India with the theoretical peak of 790.7 teraflops, called Aaditya, which is used for climate research and operational forecasting.
- Tianhe-2 or TH-2 established by china is the world's fastest supercomputer with peak computing power of 33.86 petaflops while the second fastest supercomputer TITAN is housed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which achieved 17.59 petaflops.
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