Our daily computing has come a long way with fast processors working at high end clock speed operations. Beyond that, when we have multitudinous computers working together, we get a mammoth room sized supercomputer! This is exactly what ‘Pratyush’, India’s fastest and first ‘multi-petaflop’ supercomputer is designed to be!
‘Pratyush’, meaning the Sun, is a High Performance Computing (HPC) facility developed at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune. It is a national facility used to monitor weather and give more accurate forecasts. Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the technology.
Suryachandra A Rao, project director of Pratyush HPC said, “This supercomputer is five times more effective than the existing ones,” It is a multi-flop device. One peta-flop means 1,000 trillion operations per second. Flop stands for floating-point operations per second.
The supercomputer would be used to help India give more accurate forecasts of monsoon, tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones, air quality, fishing, lightning, hot and cold waves, flood and drought, etc. The supercomputer will be used in co-ordination with Indian Meteorological Department to develop an improved forecasting system.
‘Pratyush’ will help India come in the Top 30 league of Supercomputers, all the way from from 368. The overall project costed Rs. 450 crores and the supercomputer proves that India is ready to emerge as a technological behemoth, going toe to toe with the developed nations.