IIT Kanpur Unveils Its New SuperComputer, 5th Most Powerful In India
India’s one of the most prestigious engineering colleges: IIT Kanpur has launched their 2nd supercomputer which is India’s 5th most powerful supercomputer as of now. After a series of intense testing and analysis, IIT Kanpur’s deputy director S C Srivastava, along with Ashish Dutta, head of the Computer Centre unveiled this supercomputer recently.
As per the reports coming in, this supercomputer can prove to be really useful for educational institutions, research purposes and trainings.
Shedding more light into the general usage of supercomputers, Ashish shared, “Supercomputers are used in many areas of science and engineering research. The general area of research that uses supercomputers is called High Performance Computing (HPC). HPC can simulate nuclear explosions, evolution of galaxies, effects of pacemaker redesign, genetics and genetic related diseases, medical drug discovery, aircraft light, aerodynamics, etc,”
The previous HPC (supercomputer) created by IIT Kanpur was supported by PARAM 1000 and had 100 Windows-NT Terminals and 200-300 Linux Terminals and hosted around 50 SUN Workstations. Named as HPC2010, it was ranked #369 in the list of global supercomputers.
Brajesh Pandey, an engineer with the institution was the administrator for the previous supercomputer, and has been assigned as the administrator for the new supercomputer as well.
IIT Kanpur spent Rs 48 crore to develop this new high performance computer.
This new supercomputer unveiled by IIT Kanpur has been ranked as the 5th most powerful HPC in India. Additionally, Top500.org, an organization which ranks supercomputers all over the world has ranked this new supercomputer as 130th most powerful HPC in the world.
Some of the technical specifications of this new supercomputer:
- Name: Cluster Platform SL230s Gen8
- Processor: Intel Xeon E5-2670v2 10C 2.500GHz.
- Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
- Cores: 15,360
- Linpack Performance (Rmax) 282.6 TFlop/s
- Theoretical Peak (Rpeak) 307.2 TFlop/s
- Power: 316.00 kW
- Memory: 98,304 GB
- Interconnect: Infiniband FDR
- Operating System: Linux
India’s expertise in creating world class supercomputers has once again been demonstrated by the unveiling of this new HPC by IIT Kanpur. Earlier this year, we had reported that India born supercomputer PARAM Yuva has been ranked at 44th in the prestigious Green500 list of supercomputers.
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