India’s high-performance computing-artificial intelligence (HPC-AI) supercomputer Param Siddhi, was established at C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) under the Government of India’s National Supercomputing Mission. Param Siddhi has secured 63 rank in Top 500 most powerful non-distributed computer system list in the world.

Features of Param Siddhi

Supercomputer Param Siddhi was jointly developed by Ministry of Electronics and IT and Department of Science & Technology. Param Siddhi has a speed of 5.267 petaflops. It has now got the recognition of non-distributed super computer systems. Supercomputer was built on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD reference architecture networking.

What are petaflops?

Petaflops is a unit of computing speed. single petaflop equals to 1000 million FLoating point Operations (FLOP) per second. Simply put, FLoating point Operations is the number of arithmetic operations a machine can do in a second.

What are non-distributed computer systems?

In a non-distributed computer system, all the components are in a single location. In case of Param Siddhi Supercomputer, all of its components are located in Pune. India aims to enable and empower the technology used in creating Param Siddhi across multidisciplinary challenges in Artificial Intelligence application, agriculture, education, space, healthcare, energy, cybersecurity and weather.

What is National Supercomputing Mission?

India is currently implementing 3rd phase of National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). Government of India has allocated Rs 4,500 crore. The main aim of the NSM is to install 70 supercomputers in third phases.

In 2015, Government of India announced National Supercomputing Mission. The Mission will support “Digital India” and “Make in India” initiatives. Under the NSM, the first supercomputer of India was installed in Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi. It was named as “Param Shivay”.

World Scenario

In the world China has maximum number of super computers followed by United States of America, Japan, France, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and United Kingdom.

The top 10 supercomputers

  1. Summit, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA)
  2. Sierra, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA)
  3. Sunway Taihulight, National Supercomputing Centre (Wuxi, China)
  4. Tianhe-2a, National Supercomputing Centre (Guangzhou, China)
  5. Frontier, Texas Advanced Computing Center, University Of Texas (USA)
  6. Piz Daint, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (Porza, Switzerland)
  7. Trinity, Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA)
  8. AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (Abci), National Institute Of Advanced Industrial Science And Technology (Japan)
  9. Supermuc-ng, Leibniz Rechenzentrum (Germany)
  10. Lassen, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA)

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