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   PARAM Padma  
 

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 and abroad.

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 storage.

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:

PARAMNet-II
HPCC Software
Industrial Design and Packaging
Applications on PARAM Padma
Configuration
Specifications