Supercomputer 'Param Kanchenjunga' unveiled at Sikkim NIT

Apr 18, 2016 13:00 IST

Sikkim Governor Shrinvas Patil on 17 April 2016 formally unveiled Supercomputer named ‘Param Kanchenjunga’ at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Sikkim. It is named after Kangchenjunga Mountain (8586 m), the third highest mountain in the world.

The Param Kanchenjunga is the most powerful and fastest among all available at the 31 National Institute of Technology's.

It has been jointly developed by Pune-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and the NIT Sikkim. The total cost of the Supercomputer is around three crore rupees.

What is a Supercomputer?

A supercomputer is a computer with a high-level computational capacity compared to a general-purpose computer. Performance of a supercomputer is measured in floating-point operations per second (FLOPS) instead of million instructions per second (MIPS). As of 2015, there are supercomputers which can perform up to quadrillions of FLOPS.

Supercomputers were introduced in the 1960s, made initially, and for decades primarily, by Seymour Cray at Control Data Corporation (CDC), Cray Research and subsequent companies bearing his name or monogram.
Since its introduction in June 2013, China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer is the fastest in the world at 33.86 petaFLOPS (PFLOPS), or 33.86 quadrillions of FLOPS.

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