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Super computer Param Kanchenjunga launched at Sikkim NIT

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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.

Super computer Param Kanchenjunga launched at Sikkim NIT

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.