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Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’

Context:

Recently, India’s AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ has been ranked at No. 75 in the world at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2023) in Germany.

Relevance:

GS III: Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1.  Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’
  2. About Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC):

Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’

  • The supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ has made it to the 61st edition of the Top 500 Global Supercomputing List.
  • It is an AI supercomputer installed at C-DAC, Pune, as part of the National Program on AI initiated by the Government of India.
  • The manufacturer of AIRAWAT is Netweb Technologies.

Key Features:

  • AIRAWAT PSAI is India’s largest and fastest AI supercomputing system, boasting a remarkable speed of 13,170 teraflops.
Benefits:
  • The supercomputer empowers academia, research labs, the scientific community, industries, and startups to develop indigenous AI-enabled products and solutions, specifically focused on solving India-specific grand challenges and complex real-life problems.
  • It has the potential to revolutionize various sectors, including weather forecasting, drug discovery, climate modeling, and artificial intelligence research.

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC):

  • C-DAC is a renowned research and development organization operating under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • It specializes in conducting research and development in domains such as information technology, electronics, and supercomputing.
  • The organization was established in 1988.
  • C-DAC was established in response to the denial of import of supercomputers by the United States.
  • In 1991, C-DAC achieved a significant milestone by building India’s first indigenously developed supercomputer, Param 8000.

-Source: Indian Express, PIB


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