Param Yuva II – India makes its entry into the ‘Super-computer’ arena!
India has made it’s mark in the technology space with its fastest super computer, Param Yuva II. The masterpiece was developed by the the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune and was launched by the secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Mr.J Satyanarayana. Developed in a record 3 months with an investment of Rs.16 crores, it is the 62nd fastest computer in the world with an improvement in speed of over 10 times than its previous version, the Param Yuva.
Accurate weather forecasting, faster tapping of natural resources in the sea, seismic data analysis, scientific data processing and designing of customized drugs for individuals will now be possible using Param Yuva II, India’s fastest super-computer. Param Yuva II is also believed to be of great aid in the research in bioinformatics and aeronautical engineering as well.The system has achieved a sustained performance of 360.8 Teraflop/s on Community standard Linpack benchmark and is at the 33rd position in the November 2012 List of Top Green 500 supercomputers of the world.
Expressing his appreciation for the commitment that the Central Government has shown towards making India a destination for technological advancements, Mr.Satyanarayana said that while the Indian IT sector has always been at the top, the dynamics of the market especially in the light of financial meltdowns force us to take a re-look at juggling our priorities. Advanced R&D in emerging areas can be a major interest area for India as nations struggle to find viable solutions within budget constraints. Computational infrastructure and trained manpower will be the initial requirements to take the initiative forward. The Government of India has always been in support of the R&D community and with institutions like C-DAC leading the way forward, the future certainly looks bright for the nation.
C-DAC becomes the first R&D institution in India to cross the 500 TF milestone with this release. Expressing his delight and pride over this achievement, Prof Rajat Moona, Director General, C-DAC, said that he was extremely happy to be able to deliver India’s first 500 TF supercomputer through C-DAC. Way back in 1991, C-DAC had successfully designed, developed and launched the first ever super-computer in India. Over the subsequent years, C-DAC has consolidated its capabilities in the super-computing arena to be able to proliferate its key benefits to the scientific community in the form of national super-computing facilities. C-DAC has also set the precedent by developing the first Giga scale and first Tera scale system in the country. C-DAC is committed to grow super-computing technologies and applications further in collaboration with various agencies in India and abroad.
With this landmark of an achievement, C-DAC has provided encouragement to research and development projects in the Indian IT Sector and is definitely one of the first steps in India’s path to attain an elite status in this sector.