Annapurna supercomputer is India’s seventh fastest

Monday, August 2, 2010, 13:41 by Tech Correspondent

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) at Chennai has unveiled India’s seventh-fastest supercomputer named Annapurna.

With an amazing processing power of 1024 cores of Intel Nehalem 2.93 GHz, Annapurna gives a super speed of 12 Teroflops and is ranked as the third fastest cluster among the broad-based scientific institutions in India after those of IISc Bangalore and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Annapurna is a high-performance computation (HPC) cluster having 1.5 Tera Byte (TB) memory and 30 TB storage capacity. The Rs 6-crore high-performance computational cluster is supplied by Silicon Graphics International to help the researchers with high computation and statistical analysis in areas such as condensed matter physics, statistical mechanics, computational biology, numeric calculations, etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Srikumar Banerjee, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy said that the super computer will be used in a non commercial domain.

He further added, “Since there was a technological embargo on India, the nation was not able to get fast computational systems. There were limitations on processors. So, different institutes were asked to start work on this area.”

Meanwhile, it has been reported that IMSc is open to sharing the resources of the Annapurna supercomputer to other research institutions.

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