C-Dac developing green tech for PARAM supercomputer

Pune-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-Dac) is designing and developing a green computing technology for running a top end high speed PARAM supercomputer, top officials said.

“The total investment to design and develop a brand new high speed petaflop PARAM supercomputer will be over Rs 1,000 crore,” Rajan T Joseph, director general, C-Dac, told Financial Chronicle. The cost of its maintenance alone will be between Rs 20 and Rs 25 lakh a day, he added.

This new supercomputer, which would be ready by 2012, will have petaflop speed for various computing activities, he said, adding that at present only America has developed such an advanced super speed computer.

“We will compete with the Americans in this supercomputing technology and offer it at a cheaper rate for the world market,” scientist SP Dixit, director of C-Dac and principal investigator of high performance computing centre, leading the 150 team of scientists, said.

He said the super computer, which is yet to be christened, would cost around Rs 500 crore. “But we are not here to make money and therefore, pricing will not be a constraint,” Dixit said.

With petaflop technology, the supercomputer can perform 100 lakh crore mathematical calculations per second, Joseph said. C-Dac’s latest PARAM Yuva supercomputer can calculate one lakh crore calculations per second.

Hemant Darbari, executive director, C-Dac, said the biggest challenge was to overcome the huge power consumption.

“The PARAM supercomputing with petaflop speed needs a separate power station as it requires 20 mw to run it,” he said. At present, the latest PARAM Yuva supercomputer with 54 teraflops uses 1 mw of power, he added.

Darbari said a computational electromagnetic simulation, consisting of two billion cell points on PARAM Yuva was carried out by scientist GK Shavare from IIT Bombay. “It was a first of its kind in India. He is now attempting four billion cell points simulation which will set a world record,” he said.

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