India may soon join the elite group of countries equipped with petaflop supercomputers,since this time the Union Budget has been kind to the IT sector as well. A whopping Rs 100 crore has been allocated to the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)s pet project.
With funds having already been allocated,it is only a matter of time when the proposals get approved and the project sees the light of day, said C-DAC director general Rajat Moona.
The budget allocation has been a great moral boost for all those involved in the project. Within six months,we will send the proposal. As soon as the Department of Science and Technology approves it,we will start working on the petaflop supercomputer, said Moona.
A petaflop is a measure of a computers processing speed and can be expressed as a thousand trillion floating point operations per second.
Petaflops means it can do calculations at a range of 10 to the power 15 additions and subtractions in a second, said Moona.
Sequoia,which is the fastest supercomputer in the world,has registered a top computing speed of 16.32 petaflops. This is reportedly equivalent to the computing power from over 7.8 lakhs high-end laptops put together. Currently,only five to six countries in the world including China have petaflop supercomputer facility.
The biggest use of petaflop supercomputer will be in the area of weather and climate modeling. This will help in solving complex mathematical problems involved with weather forecasting,as it will be able to model dynamics of weather like pressure,humidity,etc, said Moona.
Another important use of this computer will be in bio-informatics which is an upcoming field where a lot of innovation is happening. The computational facilities of this computer will also be used in fluid dynamics,aerospace and other engineering applications, Moona added.
The C-DAC had,on February 8,launched a supercomputer facility,Param Yuva II,which has a capacity of 524 teraflops. But petaflop supercomputers will be 50 per cent faster than the Param Yuva-II computers. The PY2 is currently running at its 70 per cent of its capacity. We have been asking our partners to run it with its 100 per cent capacity, said Moona.