Param Ananta: India’s latest Supercomputer

  • The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and IIT Gandhinagar has released India’s latest supercomputer called Param Ananta.
  • Manufactured and assembled under Make in India.
  • This supports the government’s vision of Digital India and Make in India and will place India at the top of the global supercomputing map.

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar have jointly revealed a new supercomputer in phase two of the central government’s National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) called Param Ananta. The supercomputer is capable of offering a performance of 838 teraflops.

Param Ananta was sanctioned in October 2022. It will offer IIT Gandhinagar with increased capacity for research projects in various fields, including machine learning, data science, computational fluid dynamics, bioengineering and more.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity), the supercomputer has a mixed set of CPU and GPU nodes, along with high working storage and high bandwidth memory modules. It is also going to offer direct contact liquid cooling technology to increase performance efficiency.

The supercomputer is ranked behind C-DAC’s Param Siddhi-AI, which was the 102nd most powerful supercomputer in the world in November 2021. It has a top performance capability of 3.3 petaflops.

Due to the release of Param Ananta, India now has 15 supercomputers revealed to the public, with a combined performance capability of 24 petaflops. Although it is not clear about what performance per watt does param Ananta is offering.

The announcement came on the same day when USA’s Frontier supercomputer which is owned by the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, was officially ranked as the most powerful supercomputer in the world. The frontier went ahead of China’s Fugaku which is now the second most powerful supercomputer and operated by Japan’s Riken Centre for Computational Science.

Frontier has been labelled as the world’s first ‘true’ exascale supercomputer. It is capable of producing overall computing power in multiple exaflops. India’s produced, C-DAC and IIT Gandhinagar’s latest Param Ananta supercomputer is just a little close to the capacity of Frontier, known as the world’s most powerful publicly.

The official list of the world’s top 500 supercomputers will be published in Hamburg, Germany on June 1.

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