Why in News?
India is fast emerging as a leader in high power computing with the National Super Computing Mission (NSM) boosting it to meet the increased computational demands.
- The National Supercomputing Mission was announced in 2015 to connect national academic and R&D institutions with a grid of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities.
- It was to be completed in the period of seven years.
- It is in sync with the government’s vision of Digital India and Make in India initiatives.
- Under Ministry of Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology,
- Implementation Agency: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune and IISC, Bengaluru.
- NSM also envisions to to build a strong base of 20,000 skilled personnel to handle the complexities of supercomputers.
- It is a computer with a high level of performance compared to a general-purpose computer.
- Its performance is commonly measured in floating-point operations per second (FLOPS).
- Presently, there are supercomputers which can perform over a hundred quadrillion FLOPS i.e., petaFLOPS.
Usage of Super Computers:
- Simulate Real Life Conditions in solving problems like fuel efficiency, environment friendliness, etc.
- Disaster Management: Weather Forecast,
Predict storms, plan mitigation activities etc.
- Used in Financial Services, Manufacturing and internet companies and infrastructure systems field.
- Future applications of Artificial intelligence depend on Supercomputer.
- Any operation where big data analytics is required can be handled by Supercomputer.
- PARAM Siddhi – AI, the high-performance computing-AI supercomputer of India, has achieved global ranking of 63 in TOP 500 most powerful supercomputer systems in the world.