India's AI supercomputer 'AIRAWAT' ranked 75th in Global Supercomputing list

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AIRAWATThe AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’, installed at C-DAC, Pune has been ranked 75th in the top 500 Global Supercomputing List.

An overview of the news

  • The announcement was made during the 61st edition of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2023) held in Germany.

  • The establishment of 'AIRAWAT' at C-DAC Pune is part of the National Program on AI initiated by the Government of India.

About supercomputer AIRAWAT

  • AIRAWAT is the name for an in-house cloud platform for big data. 

  • The proposed AIRAWAT system is a 100+ petaflop AI-focused supercomputer.

  • There are parallels drawn to Japan’s AI Bridging Cloud Interface supercomputer in the NITI Aayog report. 

  • This system is a 130 petaflop computer focused on providing compute for AI, ML and big data tasks.

What are supercomputers?

  • A supercomputer can perform high-level processing at a faster rate than a normal computer.

  • They work together to perform complex operations that are not possible with normal computing systems.

  • Fast speed and fast memory are the characteristics of supercomputers.

  • The performance of a supercomputer is generally evaluated in petaflops.

National Supercomputing Mission

  • The National Supercomputing Mission was launched In 2015.

  • The aim of the mission was to enhance the research capacities in the country to form a Supercomputing grid.

  • It supports the government's vision of 'Digital India' and 'Make in India' initiatives.

  • The mission is being jointly operated by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

  • It is implemented by Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune and IISc, Bengaluru.

Some important facts about supercomputer

  • China has the maximum number of supercomputers followed by the US, Japan, France, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom..

  • India’s first supercomputer - PARAM 8000

  • first supercomputer assembled indigenously - PARAM Shivay, installed in IIT (BHU)

  • PARAM Shakti, PARAM Brahma, PARAM Yukti, PARAM Sanganak are some name of india's supercomputers.

  • India's PARAM-Siddhi AI, has been ranked 63rd in the Top 500 list of most powerful supercomputers in the world.

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