Making history for India, Param Siddhi-AI, the supercomputer has entered in the list of top 100 or 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020, announced by Global Information Technology service provider Atos. This newest and fastest PARAM Siddhi-AI was established under the National Supercomputer Mission (NSM) which is initiated by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), earlier this year.
“This will accelerate research and development in the fight against COVID-19 through faster simulations, medical imaging, genome sequencing and forecasting and is a boon for Indian masses and start-ups and MSMEs in particular”, the department says.
This supercomputer would get installed in the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing’s (C-DAC) unit for focusing on researchers on academia, MSMEs, defence and national security, automotive industry, surveillance and image processing, healthcare, robotics, computer vision, recommender systems, education, agriculture, space, and industry and start-ups encompassing all the areas of artificial intelligence including natural language processing.
“I truly believe that Param Siddhi-AI will go a long way in empowering our national academic and R&D institutions as well as industries and start-ups spread over the country networked on the national supercomputer grid over the National Knowledge Network (NKN)”, says Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST).
PARAM Siddhi-AI has been built with NVIDIA DGX A100 Systems connected with NVIDIA Mellanox HDR InfiniBand Network, C-DAC HPC-AI Engine, AI Software Stack and Cloud Platform and offers a performance of 4.6 petaflops sustained and 210 AI petaflops.
“The computer has been designed for disaster management, computational fluid dynamics and more”, says Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). “As we move forward with the National Program on AI, this will prove to be exceptionally useful to research teams across the country, as well as to companies and startups,” he added.
Not only PARAM Siddhi, Pratyush, a supercomputer used for weather forecasting at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, which was ranked 66th in the June rankings announced by the project, is now ranked 78th on the November edition of the list. Mihir, another Indian supercomputer bags 146th rank on the list.
However, Pratyush and Mihir both clubbed together are trying to generate enough computing power to match PARAM-Siddhi.