India has been advancing at rapid speed, especially in science and technology. And another feather has been added to the crown with the recent inauguration of the Supercomputer, ‘Param Shivay.’ The supercomputer was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
The intelligent heads in the country have built supercomputers before, such as Pratyush, employed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Mihir which is of the National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting, and SERC-Cray for IISc.
Param Shivay at the Banaras Hindu University
The supercomputer named Param Shivay is of 833 teraflop capacity, and it is built under the National Super Computing Mission at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
On the occasion of the institute completing the centenary year mark, a postal stamp and a postal stamp album were also released by the Prime Minister.
As per reports, the supercomputer will come with 1 petabyte secondary storage and appropriate open source system and application software suite using 223 processor nodes, 384 GB per node DDR4 RAM, parallel file system, including CPU and GPU. The total cost covered for this supercomputer is Rs. 32.5 Crore.
Coincidentally, India’s first supercomputer was named Param 8000 and was launched in 1991.
Uses and Application of Param Shivay
The supercomputer, built under Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), complete with some groundbreaking technology, can be applied to various scientific areas, under the supercomputer program.
The supercomputer will find its application in many different fields, such as climate assessment, weather forecasting, space engineering, seismic analysis, finance, disaster simulation and management, search astrophysics, macro-data analytics, information collection. Additionally, it will prove to be of great help in issues related to the common man, such as irrigation schemes, traffic management, health, an affordable drug and many more!
PM Modi Speaks
The Prime Minister said that scientists, teachers, research students, government research laboratories in the surrounding colleges to IIT-BHU will also be able to avail the facilities of the supercomputer. Around 40% of the computer power will be used by the students of the Navodaya Vidyalaya.
Whereas, the director of IIT-BHU, Professor Pramod Kumar Jain said, “The National Supercomputer Mission (NSM) is an important initiative from the Government of India. The research that takes months would be completed in hours or minutes with the help of this supercomputer.” He also said that this supercomputer will support and enhance the government’s plans of digitizing India in the Digital India Movement, and also help the country progress through the Make In India Movement.