India first multi-petaflop supercomputer Pratyush to nation

Harsh Vardhan

Union Minister of Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan yesterday dedicated India’s fastest and first multi-petaflops supercomputer to the nation in Pune. The supercomputer named as ‘Pratyush’ meaning the Sun, established at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, will be a national facility for improving weather and climate forecasts and services under the umbrella of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).

While inaugurating the facility at IITM, Pune, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that it will be India’s number one HPC facility in terms of peak capacity and performance.

This facility is part of Ministry’s continuous endeavor to provide world class forecast services to the citizens of India through upgrading various operational and research activities and the needed infrastructure.

India needs better forecasts for Weather and Climate conditions like monsoon, extreme events, Tsunamis, Cyclones, earthquakes, air quality, lightning, fishing, hot – cold waves, flood, and drought.

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