Cheers to the Indian Centre for Advanced Computing (C-DAC) for developing the series of PARAM, which is a range of supercomputers. PARAM is actually an acronym for PARAllel-Machine. Out of the series the latest one to hit the market is the PARAM Siddhi-AI, which is also the fastest supercomputer which is indigenous to India. The first one to be created was PARAM 8000. It stands 63rd in the world in terms of speed of 502 petaflops in RPeak. RPeak is the measure of theoretical maximum performance and petaflop is 10^15 operations pers second where FLOP is he acronym for Floating Point Operations Per Second. This is a brilliant speed to work with!!! We would have inhabited other planet if every creature on this earth worked that fast. Well jokes apart, India still has to do better as we have 62 places to jump over in the next years. The recent procreation of India has been topped among the 500 topmost supercomputers alive globally.
India had to do it because of the high purchasing cost demanded by foreign countries to buy supercomputers from. Today the country is in the position to not only feed herself with the requirements but has also sold the supercomputers to the other countries like Myanmar, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Armenia and others. Russia, Singapore, Germany and Canada are the countries of deployment of PARAM. Supercomputers have been a boon for large scale manufacturing, healthcare, defence, urban planning, transport projects, image surveillance, etc. on large scale.
The machine is based on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD reference architecture. It comprises of 42 NVIDIA DGX A100 systems. These systems are connected with NVIDIA Mellanox HDR InfiniBand, HPC-AI Engine, Software frameworks, Cloud platform. This connection is facilitated by C-DAC. The Atos Codex AI Suite is provided by Atos to deliver real time analytics and to support AI application development.
The purposes that PARAM will be serving is facilitative in aero-design, weather forecasting, drug designing, computational physics, mathematical computation and other analogous fields.
Today we can see Japan’s Fugaku and IBM’s Summit to be the most powerful supercomputers in the world. India’s PARAM Siddhi-AI is the second supercomputer of the tricolour to enter the list of the top 500 supercomputers in the world. The day is not far when India will be leading the world with its expertise in artificial intelligence.