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Param Yuva II: The Fastest Indian Supercomputer Unveiled

Param Yuva II, India's fastest super computer was launched on Feb 8, 2013 in Pune. The Param Yuva II is the latest addition to the Param series of supercomputers developed by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) Pune. Param yuva II is the 62nd fastest supercomputer in the world and 1st in India.

This supercomputer was developed by a team of 300 people with an investment of Rs. 16 core in a record time of three months. Param yuva II is 10 times faster than the current available supercomputer and also is the first supercomputer in India that crossed 500 teraflops (a unit for measuring the speed of a computer system) in computing power. By the invention of this super computer, weather forecasting, trapping natural resources, developing drugs etc will become more easy. Param yuva II will also boost space research and bioinformatics.

By the invention of this supercomputer, India again prove that India is the top destination for research and development. The  Param Yuva II was inaugurated by J Satyanarayana, secretary for the department of electronics and information technology.

After unveiling the supercomputer, Satyanarayana said, "The facility is a stepping stone for the petaflop version of the supercomputer that India has envisioned. What we need to do now is speak to users, researchers and scientists and take feedback from them on the issues relating to usage of the facility and help them in accelerating their research work for the benefit of common man."

He added, "Research and development can be a major thrust area for India going forward. Computational infrastructure like Param Yuva II is necessary to achieve this."

"Although we initiated the project in June 2012, we only intended that it would upgrade the facility. However, we later realised that it could be upgraded to half-a-petaflop (524 teraflop) and we achieved this within three months," said C-DAC director general Rajat Moona. "Although we initiated the project in June 2012, we only intended that it would upgrade the facility. However, we later realised that it could be upgraded to half-a-petaflop (524 teraflop) and we achieved this within three months," he added.

The executive director of C-DAC Hemant Darbarisaid said, "Areas like weather forecasting, seismic data analysis, scientific data processing will all be benefitted due to Param Yuva II. We were doing weather forecasting of over 58,000 villages with param yuva. Now we can double that number at a minimum. Industries like pharmaceuticals, bio informatics, aeronautical engineering will also benefit. Seismic data processing can be done much more efficiently with this new computer." This computer will be used by scientific institutes, research laboratories and universities,  he added.

"Through the national knowledge network, the Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes of Technology can be linked to this computer. Pharmaceutical companies can use it for drug discovery as can the high performance computing community. The computer has been upgraded at a cost of Rs15 crore,” he further added.

Posted by - Gebin
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