India's C-DAC Launches World's Most Compact Supercomputing System


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Jul 23, 2013
C-DAC launches 'world's most compact supercomputing system'​

Commemorating the first celebrations of Good Governance Day under the aegis of the Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India, at New Delhi, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) unveiled the worldÂ’'s most compact supercomputing system today. This new HPC solution christened as PARAM Shavak was launched at the hands of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister for Communications & IT, Government of India at the event.

The product PARAM Shavak - Supercomputer in a Box solution, aims to provide computational resource (Capacity building) with advanced technologies to perform the high-end computations on a larger scale for the scientific, engineering and academic programmes.

PARAM Shavak is a ready-to-use affordable supercomputer pre-loaded with all the required system software and applications from selected scientific and engineering domains. The system is designed to be enabling tool for research organizations as well as academic institutions that need High Performance Computing (HPC) for education and research. It aims to provide computational resource with advanced technologies at affordable cost to perform the high-end computations for the scientific, engineering and academic programmes to address and catalyze the research using modelling, simulation and data analysis.

There is a growing recognition worldwide, that Information Technology, and in particular the high performance computing (HPC) for computational simulation and modelling, is the key technology resource for economic growth, environmental understanding, scientific and engineering research breakthroughs, and for sustaining competitiveness in strategic areas. Consequently, several nations are taking initiatives to provide high-end computing resources for their scientists and engineers for high-end educational and research purposes.

Addressing the media, Prof Rajat Moona, Director General, C-DAC, said that PARAM Shavak "is the perfect compromise between high performance computing requirements and infrastructure availability. The compact nature of its design makes it an ideal solution for multiple environments both for research as well as for training. We are hopeful that the research and academic institutes will see the potential of this tool to ramp up their in-house research and scale new challenges. Our primary aim is to enhance the HPC ecosystem in the country through the use of PARAM Shavak and raise the bar of R&D in the country".

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sanjay Wandhekar, Associate Director & HoD, HPC, C-DAC, Pune added that the Param Shavak could be "placed in a standard office workspace. It comes with a handful of value additions from C-DAC viz. indigenously developed software with most of the features that can be found in a full blown HPC clusters like job schedulers, compilers, parallel libraries, MPI, resource managers, some of the commonly used HPC applications in engineering and scientific domains, etc".

The system consists of at least 2 multicore CPUs each with at least 10 cores along with either one or two number of many core or GPU accelerator cards. The entire configuration is available in a single server in a table top model. Regardless to the traditional HPC systems/supercomputers, this system does not require specific support infrastructure like precision air-conditioned environment, controlled humidity etc.

Source: C-DAC launches 'world's most compact supercomputing system' | The Indian Express
World's first compact and energy efficient supercomputer launched by C-DAC
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