Tata supercomputer ranked 4th best in world

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Mumbai, Nov 13 (UNI) Computational Research Laboratories (CRL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons in Pune, installed a HP Cluster Platform 3000 BL460c system that was ranked fourth at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, USA.

Named ''EKA'' (the Sanskrit name for number one), the supercomputer is built with an investment of USD 30 million at the CRL facility in Pune with indigenous innovating routing technology achieving 117.9 TFlop/s (teraflops' or trillions of calculations per second) performance.

Announcing the feat achieved by the CRL here today, Tata Consultancy Chairman S Ramadorai said, ''High performance computing solution have an ever increasing role in the scientific and new technological space and Tata Group is extremely proud of the team that has developed and built this supercomputer, which is now ranked as the world's fourth fastest.'' Supercomputers are used for high calculation-intensive tasks such as problems involving quantum mechanical physics, weather forecasting, climate research (including research into global warming), molecular modeling (computing the structures and properties of chemical compounds, biological macromolecules, polymers, and crystals), physical simulations (such as simulation of airplanes in wind tunnels, simulation of the detonation of nuclear weapons, and research into nuclear fusion), cryptanalysis, and the like. Major universities, military agencies and scientific research laboratories are its heavy users.

Supercomputers, introduced in the 1960s, were designed primarily by Seymour Cray at Control Data Corporation (CDC), and led the market in 1970.

Today, supercomputers are typically custom designs produced by ''traditional'' companies such as IBM and HP, who had purchased many of the 1980s companies to gain their experience.


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