Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Earth Sciences, on Monday, inaugurated country’s fastest supercomputer with multi-petaflops in Pune.
Petaflops is the measuring unit for computer’s processing speed and Flops is the acronym for floating point operations per second.
The supercomputer, that has been named ‘Pratyush’ would be an asset for the Indian Meteorological Department. According to reports, with the help of Pratyush, India would get a better forecast of rainfall during monsoons from this year.
Set -up at a cost of 450 crores, Pratyush will increase the reach of IMD’s weather forecast by almost 80%.
Pratyush was dedicated to the nation on Monday at Pune’s Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). Pratyush aims at improving the weather and climate forecast services and it will be functioning under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India.
"The number of farmers who receive weather information through text messages is expected to increase from 24 million at present to 45 million by 2019," said Harsh Vardhan.
According to the IITM official release, the super-computer will help the institute to make more accurate forecasts about rains, monsoons, cyclones, lightning, fishing, high tides, floods and droughts.
Harsh Vardhan further said that it would be India’s number one HPC facility.
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