India’s first multi-petaflops supercomputer launched at Pune

India’s first multi-petaflops supercomputer would be inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in Pune.

Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, will dedicate it to the nation on January 8.

The acquisition of the supercomputer is part of the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ (MoES) endeavour to provide world class services (relating to weather, climate, ocean, seismological forecast) to the people of India, according to a press statement issued here.

In order to provide useful services, MoES runs several computationally intensive applications on High Performance Computers (HPC). In the last 10 years, the HPC infrastructure at MoES institutes has grown from 40 Tera flops in 2008 to 1 Peta flop in 2013-14.

At present, MoES’ HPC system stands at 368th position in Top500 list. With around 1.0 PF peak capacity, India’s HPC ranking is much below the rankings of major countries that generate weather/climate forecasts.