The Indian Government has chalked out plans for formulating the next-gen supercomputers, which run 61 times faster than present world’s fastest- the IBM Sequoia, which has a LINPACK benchmark rating at 16.32 petaflop/s. C-DAC has developed blueprint for petaflop and exaflop range of supercomputers, on a budget of INR 4700 crores. IT minister Kapil Sibal has reportedly proposed to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh regarding the same. [*Floating Point Operations Per Second (FLOPS) is the measure of supercomputers’ processing speed. 1 petaflop = 1015 FLOPS. ]
Currently, India’s fastest supercomputer situated at CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation finds itself at the 58th spot globally in terms of computer speed. So as per that, what India is planning for 2017 is definitely ambitious. Kapil Sibal even requested PM that Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) should be allowed to coordinate all supercomputer activities of India. C-DAC shall be responsible for the formulation of the computer and other related tech. More updates shall follow soon.