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Pratyush, India’s Fastest Supercomputer established at Pune

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Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan has dedicated India’s fastest and first ‘multi-petaflops’ supercomputer to the nation in Pune.

According to a release from Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), ‘Super computer would help the country with better forecasts in terms of monsoon, extreme events, tsunamis, cyclones, earthquakes, air quality, lightning, fishing, hot and cold waves, flood and drought among others. This facility will also be used in coordination with the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) and other weather monitoring institutes, to evolve better weather monitoring practices and an improved weather forecasting system. Petaflops is a measure of a computer’s processing speed. Christened ‘Pratyush’, meaning the sun, the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility has been established at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, and will be a national facility for improving weather and climate forecasts’.
While inaugurating the facility, the minister said that it would be India’s number one HPC facility in terms of peak capacity and performance.

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