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On 30th May 2022, the Government of India installed PARAM Ananta Supercomputer at IIT Gandhinagar. It was developed indigenously. The computer can compute at 838 teraflops, hence the name. Teraflops is is defined as a speed of computer equal to one million million floating point operations per second (FLOPS). In simple words, the computer can do 838 lakh crore calculations per seconds. Isn’t that impressive?

“The state-of-the-art supercomputer Param Infinite was dedicated to the nation under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) at IIT Gandhinagar.”- Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

NamePARAM Ananta Supercomputer
Date of launch30th May 2022
Place of commissionIIT Gandhinagar
MissionNational Supercomputing Mission
Mission byDepartment of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
Official websitedst.gov.in/
meity.gov.in/
Featurecan compute at 838 teraflops
BenefitComputational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine learning and Data Science, Bio Engineering, Gene Sequencing, etc.

On 12th October, 2020, IIT Gandhinagar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Center for Advanced Computing Development (C-DAC) to develop the supercomputer under the Phase 2 of the National Supercomputing Mission. Now, we all know the result. A superfast computer at the institute. This is a huge feat for the country.

Features of Param Ananta 

The Param AnantaSupercomputer is mix of CPU nodes, high memory nodes, GPU nodes, high storage and high performance. 

The Group Coordinator and Scientist in the Ministry of Electronics and IT, Sunita Verma, informed that 60% of capacity of the supercomputer will be for IIT Gandhinagar. The remaining will be used by the educational institutions for research and development. Besides Param Ananta, there are 12 supercomputers in India. They are located in institutes like IIIT Roorkee, IIR Kharagpur, and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.

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An interesting fact is that majority of the parts used in the manufacture of Param Ananta are made in India. This sets a great example for the Make in India initiative. Other than the energy usage, the supercomputer will be an aid in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine learning and Data Science, Bio Engineering, Gene Sequencing, etc.

National Supercomputing Mission

  • The Government of India announced the National Supercomputing Mission in the year 2015. 
  • The purpose was to produce more than 70 high-performance computers at the approximate expense of Rs. 4500 crores in the next 7 years.
  • The major initiatives aimed were ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’
  • At the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune the mission is being carried out by the Department of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
  • About 20,000 highly skilled people are working in this mission
  • In 2019, the first supercomputer called Param Shivay was installed under the NSM mission in IIT-BHU, Varanasi

History of PARAM Supercomputers

Given below is a list of all the previous Param supercomputers.

NameYear
Param 8000August 1991
Param 86001992
Param 90001994
Param 10001998
Param PadmaDecember 2002
Param YuvaNovember 2008
Param Yuva IIFebruary 2013
Param IshanSeptember 2016
Param Brahma
Param Siddhi AI
Param PravegaJanuary 2022
Param Sanganak

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PARAM Ananta Supercomputer FAQs

Where was the PARAM Ananta Supercomputer commissioned?

The PARAM infinite Supercomputer was commissioned at IIT Kharagpur.

When was PARAM Ananta supercomputer launched?

PARAM Ananta supercomputer was launched on the 30th of May 2022.

What is the speciality about Ananta supercomputer?

The PARAM infinite Supercomputer can compute at 838 teraflops. It is a mix of CPU nodes, high memory nodes, GPU nodes, high storage and high performance.

Under which mission is the Param infinite supercomputer built?

The Param infinite supercomputer was built under the National Supercomputing Mission.

What are some other Param supercomputers?

Some other Param supercomputers include Param 8000, Param 8600, Param 9000, Param 1000, Param Padma, Param Yuva, Param Yuva II, Param Ishan, etc.

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