India’s Fastest Supercomputer “Pratyush” Inaugurated in Pune
On Monday, Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Earth science unveiled India’s fastest supercomputer “Pratyush” with multi-petaflops at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune. India’s Fastest Supercomputer is dedicated to the nation for improving weather and climate forecasts. While inaugurating the supercomputer christened “Pratyush”, meaning the sun, the minister said that it will be a national facility in terms of peak capacity and performance. The IITM releases that the Petaflops will measure the processing speed of supercomputer and stands for a quadrillion floating point operations per second, useful when calculating floating-points.
The IITM dedicated the system to the nation and said that the supercomputer would help the country to forecasts accurately more about the monsoons, cyclones, extreme events, lightning, tsunamis, fishing, earthquakes, hot and cold waves, air quality, floods, rains, and droughts. The system not only improves forecasts system but also improve India’s peak computing capacity by delivering a peak power of 6.8 Petaflops.
India’s Fastest Supercomputer
The High-performance supercomputer will also coordinate the Indian Meteorological Department with other Meteorological Department/institutes to come out as improved weather forecasting system with better monitoring practices. The installation of Pratyush at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune is India’s second HPC unit and draws 4 Petaflops of its peak power whereas the first unit is installed at National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Noida which facilitates weather departments in providing daily forecasts and draws the remaining 2.8 Petaflops.
With this gigantic leap, India is expected to take the fourth position after Japan, UK, and U.S.A in terms of high powered computing resources for weather forecasting and climate monitoring. With the introduction of Pratyush, the expected 24 million farmers will get weather information through text messages by 2019 and will help weather agencies to reach international standards and make block level forecasts possible.