India's AI supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ makes it to the list of world's '100 most powerful'

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Times Of India
May 24, 2023


India's AI supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ makes it to the list of world's '100 most powerful'

India's AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ has been ranked at No. 75 in the world at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2023) in Germany. The AI supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ is installed at C-DAC, Pune. The supercomputer has been named in the 61st edition of Top 500 Global Supercomputing List released recently. Airawat PSAI, stands as India’s largest and fastest AI supercomputing system, with a remarkable speed of 13,170 teraflops (Rpeak).

AIRAWAT's manufacturer is Netweb Technologies. It's operating system is Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS. The supercomputer runs on AMD EPYC 7742 64C 2.25GHz processor with 81,344 cores. The supercomputer has been installed this year only.

Speaking on this achievement, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) Secretary Shri Alkesh Sharma said, “Artificial Intelligence is the most promising technology in the digital age. India has a strong ecosystem and competitive advantage for AI due to its massive data availability, strong digital economy and skilled workforce. India has been working in the Applied AI with focus on Natural Language Processing, Image Procession, Pattern Recognition, Agriculture, Medical Imaging, Education, Health Care, Audio assistance, Robotics and developing solutions for the strategic sectors.” India will pursue AI technology to empower citizens and organisations to solve the most pressing problems of society and economy to make the world a better place, he added.

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What is Top 500 list

The Top500 lists the 500 fastest computer systems being used today. In 1993 the collection was started and has been updated every 6 months since then. The report lists the sites that have the 500 most powerful computer systems installed across the world. The best Linpack benchmark performance achieved is used as a performance measure in ranking the computers. The Linpack Benchmark is a measure of a computer’s floating-point rate of execution. It is determined by running a computer program that solves a dense system of linear equations. Over the years the characteristics of the benchmark has changed a bit.

Other Indian supercomputers in the Top 500 list

There are three other supercomputers in the To 500 list. These include:

* PARAM Siddhi-AI supercomputer ranked at No. 131: The PARAM Siddhi-AI supercomputer's specs include NVIDIA DGX A100, AMD EPYC 7742 64C 2.25GHz, NVIDIA A100, Mellanox HDR Infiniband, Atos. This supercomputer too is installed at Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune.

* Pratyush supercomputer ranked at No. 169: The supercomputer is Cray XC40, Xeon E5-2695v4 18C 2.1GHz, Aries interconnect, HPE. It is installed at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.

* Mihir supercomputer at No. 316: Mihir supercomputer is Cray XC40, powered by Xeon E5-2695v4 18C 2.1GHz, Aries interconnect, HPE. It is installed at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting.

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