Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today launched the Param-Ishan supercomputing facility at IIT, Guwahati.
“It is a one of the glad moments to have the fastest and most powerful computer in northeastern, eastern and southern regions” he said after launching the Param-Ishan super computer.
“The IITs are modern temples for development and we reiterated our commitment to give a big push to research and innovations by empowering the educational institutes to transform into higher seats of learning and platforms for advanced research. A nations’ potential for growth today, is evaluated on the quality of its research and development,” he added.
He also expressed that, C-DAC and IIT Guwahati is a strategic move that will provide a boost to both the HPC users and the community through the deployed PARAM-ISHAN and several technology areas will be positively affected through the introduction of the new Supercomputer.
The government, he said, has also invited for new developmental and research initiatives and two thousand proposals were received. Out of these projects four hundred were shortlisted and funds released for the various projects across the county.
Professor Gautam Biswas, Director, IIT Guwahati said that Param-Ishan has the power of 250 Teraflops and three hundred tera bites capacity and this will not only augment the research initiatives in the Institute, but also help in creating an ecosystem for attracting right talents to the field of research.
He also opined that IIT is happy to have partnership with C-DAC on this initiative.
Param-Ishan can be used in the application areas like computational chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, computational electromagnetic, civil engineering structures, nana-block self assemble, optimization etc. North East India receives heavy rainfall during monsoon, which leads to flooding and landslides. PARAM-ISHAN can be used for Weather, climate modeling and seismic data processing.
Vinay Sheel Oberai, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Government of India; Professor Rajat Moona, Director General, C-DAC, Pune; Professor SV Rao, Head, Computer Center, IIT, Guwahati were also present during the occasion.