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25th May, 2023 Science and Technology

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  • India is set to dramatically scale up its super-computing prowess and install an 18-petaflop system over the course of this year----Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).


Flops (floating point operations per second) are an indicator of computers processing speed and a petaflop refers to a 1,000 trillion flops. Processing power to such a degree greatly eases complex mathematical calculations required, for among other things, forecasting how the weather will be over the next few days all the way up to two-three months ahead.

India’s most powerful, civilian supercomputers

  • Currently, India’s most powerful, civilian supercomputers — Pratyushand Mihir — with a combined capacity of 6.8 petaflops are housed at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, and the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF).

COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE ON SUPERCOMPUTER: https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/supercomputers-50


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