Sikkim based National Institute of Technology has secured a rare distinction of having a supercomputer the institute achieved the most powerful and fastest among all the 31 NITs.
- The fastest computer named Param Kanchenjunga was formally unveiled by Sikkim Governor Shrinvas Patil at the NIT Sikkim campus at Ravangla in South Sikkim District.
- The name comes from India’s first supercomputer and Sikkim’s highest mountain Param Kanchenjungais expected to help achieve excellence in engineering education and research in the north-east region.
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Pune and the NIT Sikkim have jointly established the supercomputer that costs three crore.
- Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world, and lies partly in Nepal and partly in India.
- A supercomputer is performs at or near the currently highest operational rate for computers.
- It works in an entirely different way, typically using parallel processing instead of the serial processing that an ordinary computer uses.
- PARAM8000 is considered India’s first
- China’s supercomputer Tianhe-2 is the fastest in the world at 33.86 petaFLOPS (PFLOPS)
- The Indian government has also stated ambitions for an EFLOPS-range supercomputer, which they in line to complete by 2017.