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India plans fastest supercomputer by 2017

New Delhi, Sep 17 (): The Indian government has excellent plans for developing next generation supercomputers that would be about 61 times quicker than the existing machines.

Kapil Sibal, Telecom Minister is said to have informed Indian PM Manmohan Singh about the plans to develop “exaflop and petaflop range of supercomputers”, with an estimated budget of Rs. 4,700 crore over a period of 5 years.

A government official said Sibal in his letter has said C-DAC has presented a proposal to PM with plans to develop exaflop and petaflop range of supercomputers in our country with a budget of Rs. 4,700 crores.

A petaflop is the measure of computer’s processing speed. It can be stated as 1000 trillion floating point operations per second. Exaflop is one quintillion computer operations per second. To put it simply, one can say an exaflop is about 1000 times quicker than a petaflop.

Sequoia, world’s fastest supercomputer, has registered top processing speed of about 16.32 petaflops that is equal to the processing power of 7.8 lakhs high-speed laptops all linked together.

If Indian government accepts building the exaflop supercomputers, then these would be at least 61 times quicker than Sequoia.

India’s top supercomputers at present rank 58th worldwide as per the computing speed.

Kapil Sibal has quoted past record of C-DAC, Center for Development of Advanced Computing set up by Rajiv Gandhi, the then PM of India in 1987 after the technologically advanced countries denied supplying supercomputers to our country in mid-1980s.

Sibal has suggested that DEITY, Department of Electronics and Information Technology should be provided with tasks to organize all the supercomputing activities, as the way the department has done the activities in the past.

The proposal suggested in Sibal’s letter said DEITY must be provided with tasks to create National Apex Committee in order to supervise the application of planned Supercomputing Mission including that C- DAC should form exa and peta supercomputing services and the development activities.

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