Government has drawn a blueprint for developing the next generation supercomputers that could be 61 times faster than other computer.
Telecom & IT Minister Kapil Sibal is understood to have written to Prime Minister of india sharing the roadmap to develop “petaflop & exaflop range of this supercomputers” and the estimated cost of this supercomputer Rs 4,700 crore.
“In his letter, he has said that C-DAC has developed a proposal with the roadmap to develop a petaflop & exaflop range of the supercomputers in the country with an outlay of the Rs 4,700 crore,” a government official said.
Petaflop is a measure of the computers processing speed can be expressed as thousand trillion floating point operations in per second. Exaflop is 1 quintillion computer operations per single second. Simply put, one exaflop is thousand times faster than one petaflop.
The fastest supercomputer in world, Sequoia, has registered a top computing speed of 16.32 petaflops which is equivalent of computing power from over the 7.8 lakhs high end laptops put together.
If the Indian government approves building exaflop supercomputers, this supercomputer will be at least 61 times faster than Sequoia, officials said.
India’s top supercomputer at present ranks 58th globally in terms the of computing speed. Sibal has cited the past record of Center for Development of Advanced Computing which was set up in 1987 by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi after technologically advanced nations denied supply of the supercomputer to India in mid-1980s.
“The Minister has written that C-DAC developed the 1st supercomputers in country, the PARAM series. Presently Param Yuva with the 54 teraflop computing power serving many researchers through Garuda Computing Grid,” official said.
Sibal has proposed that to the Department of Electronics & Information Technology should be given tasks to coordinate overall supercomputing activities in the country as it has been done in the past.
The proposal made in the letter says that Department of Electronics & Information Technology should be given tasks to set up a National Apex Committee to oversee the implementation of proposed Supercomputing Mission and C- DAC should establish peta and exascale supercomputing facilities and development activities.