18 Apr 2016

NIT Sikkim's Param Kanchenjunga Is Fastest Supercomputer Among All NITs

NIT Sikkim's got the fastest supercomputer among all the 31 NITs (National Institute Of Technology) in India. Titled "Param Kanchenjunga", the supercomputer has been developed by teams from NIT Sikkim and CDAC (Center for Development of Advance Computing) at Pune - known for developing India's first ever supercomputer (PARAM8000) and the PARAM supercomputer series. The word 'Param' which means 'Supreme' comes from Sanskrit language and Kanchenjunga, as many of you would know, is the third highest mountain in the world.

The Param Kanchenjunga will operate at 15 Teraflops and is estimated to cost about Rs. 3 crore. NIT Sikkim plans to deploy the machine mainly for aid in research and academics. The NIT officials expect that the supercomputer will contribute to research areas like climate modeling.

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China's Tianhe-2 - World's Fastest Supercomputer​

We learn that faculty members from NIT Sikkim are already working on a project that studies possible ways of improving the efficiency of fuel transfer through pipeline between Middle East and India. The supercomputer is likely to offer help with complicated statistics involved in the project.

It's interesting to note that the title of the world's fastest supercomputer has been held for over six consecutive years by China's Tianhe-2. The machine, developed by China's National University of Defense Technology operates at peak performance of 33.86 petaflop/s. The latest list of top supercomputers in the world is available on November 2015 | TOP500 Supercomputer Sites

Source: TNET

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