PARAM ANANTA Supercomputer commissioned at IIT, Gandhinagar

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A state-of-the-art supercomputer PARAM ANANTA under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), was dedicated to the nation at IIT Gandhinagar.

  • NSM is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Department of Science and Technology (DST).


  • This high power supercomputer can process 838 lakh crore calculations per second.

  • It is capable of offering peak performance of 838 teraflops.

  • The facility has been set up under Phase 2 of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IIT Gandhinagar and Center for Development in Advanced Computing (C-DAC) on 12 October 2020 to set up this 838 teraflops supercomputing facility under NSM.

  • It is equipped with a mix of CPU nodes, GPU nodes, High Memory nodes, High throughput storage and high performance Infiniband.

  • It is based on direct contact liquid cooling technology to achieve high power utilization effectiveness and reduce operating costs.

  • This facility will be of great benefit to IIT Gandhinagar to pursue Research and Development (R&D) activities in the multidisciplinary domain of Science and Technology.

  • 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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