C-DAC's HPCC (High Performance
Computing and Communication) initiatives are aimed at
designing, developing and deploying advanced computing
systems, tools and technologies that impact strategically
important application areas.
Fostering an environment
of innovation and dealing with cutting edge technologies,
C-DAC's PARAM series of supercomputers have been deployed
to address diverse applications in science and engineering,
and business computing at various institutions in India
C-DAC's commitment to the
HPCC initiative has once again manifest as a deliverable
through the design, development and deployment of PARAM
Padma, a terascale supercomputing system.
PARAM Padma is C-DAC's
next generation high performance scalable computing cluster,
currently with a peak computing power of One Teraflop. The
hardware environment is powered by the Compute Nodes based
on the state-of-the-art Power4 RISC processors, using Copper
and SOI technology, in Symmetric Multiprocessor (SMP) configurations.
These nodes are connected through a primary high performance
System Area Network, PARAMNet-II, designed and developed
by C-DAC and a Gigabit Ethernet as a backup network.
The PARAM Padma is powered
by C-DAC's flexible and scalable HPCC software environment.
The Storage System of PARAM Padma has been designed to provide
a primary storage of 5 Terabytes scalable to 22 Terabytes.
The network centric storage architecture, based on state-of-the-art
Storage Area Network (SAN) technologies, ensures high performance,
scalable and reliable storage. It uses Fibre Channel Arbitrated
Loop (FC-AL) based technology for interconnecting storage
subsystems like Parallel File Servers, NAS Servers, Metadata
Servers, Raid Storage Arrays and Automated Tape Libraries,
achieving an I/O performance of upto 2 Gigabytes/Second.
The Secondary backup storage
subsystem is scalable from 10 Terabytes to 100 Terabytes
with an automated tape library and support for DLT, SDLT
and LTO Ultrium tape drives. It implements a Hierarchical
Storage Management (HSM) technology to optimize the demand
on primary storage and effectively utilize the secondary
The PARAM Padma system
is also accessible by users from remote locations.
Further details about its
various features and usage can be obtained by following
the links given below: