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1.6 petaflops supercomputer “Param Ganga” inaugurated at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

The essential components of PARAM Ganga, such as motherboards for compute nodes and direct-contact liquid cooling data centres are manufactured in India.

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee unveiled a new supercomputer this Thursday, announcing the deployment of 1.66 petaflops “Param Ganga.”

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) designed and funded the new supercomputer, which is already operational and was inaugurated this week, as part of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).

“The essential components of PARAM Ganga, such as motherboards for compute nodes and direct-contact liquid cooling data centres, are manufactured in India as per the Government of India initiative of Atmanirbhar Bharat [self-reliant India,” said B. V. R. Mohan Reddy, chairman of the Board of Governors for IIT Roorkee.

IIT Roorkee is a government technical institution in Uttarakhand. The RURCC, a computer centre at the university, was created in 1978, with installing Digital Equipment Corporation’s DEC-2050 as its first system. In the early 2000s, it hosted the 100 gigaflops Param 10000 HPC system. It now houses an Nvidia DGX1 machine and a Linux system with 16 nodes and 158 cores.

Constructing and deploying 24 facilities with a total computing power of more than 64 petaflops is in plans of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).  Up to this point, 11 systems, totalling around 20 petaflops, including Param Ganga, have been installed. 

A powerful 3.3 petaflop supercomputer dubbed Param Pravega was recently installed as part of the endeavour at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru.

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