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AI supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’

The AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’, installed at C-DAC, Pune has been ranked 75th in the top 500 Global Supercomputing List.
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The AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’, installed at C-DAC, Pune, has secured the ranking of 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) that took place in Germany.

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

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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.

The NITI Aayog report draws parallels to Japan’s AI Bridging Cloud Interface supercomputer.

This system focuses on providing compute for AI, ML, and big data tasks as a 130 petaflop computer.

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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. People generally evaluate the performance of a supercomputer in petaflops.

National Supercomputing Mission

The government launched the National Supercomputing Mission 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 Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology are jointly operating the mission.

The Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, and IISc, Bengaluru, implement it.

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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 achieved the ranking of 63rd in the Top 500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

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