The Department of Science and Technology of India (DST) by its acronym in English, announced the first supercomputer in the country, which has been baptized as Param shavak, which is already in operation at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) of the Hindú Banaras University.
This is the first supercomputer of many, since the country will activate two more supercomputers shortly, as well as a 'National Supercomputing Mission'in which they hope to build 60 supercomputers by 2022. with an investment that is around 570 million euros.
Of the Param shavak we know that its power is quite limited regarding the supercomputers that we usually treat, since it barely has between 2 and 5 TFLOPs of maximum power of computation when propelled by 2x unknown 12-core CPUs each next to 64 GB of RAM, 2x graphics cards in the form of Nvidia Tesla K40 Y Nvidia Quadro P5000, and 8 TB of storage, so any user with money could mount a more powerful PC.
"… (the national mission) will help improve meteorological services, disaster management, ensure faster data processing, support computational biology, flood control and assist research in various disciplines (.. .) We have up to 3,000 people already trained to handle these supercomputers, "said Milind Kulkarni, DST chief scientist.
“Then, wherever they were installed, they would connect to all other institutions through the National Knowledge Network. So, if your university is part of the network, anyone sitting on a desktop can use it. "