25 May 2023

India To Soon Acquire Its Fastest Supercomputer, Will Vastly Improve Its Weather Forecasting Capability, Says Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: India will soon acquire its fastest Supercomputer worth Rupees 900 crore and it is expected to start functioning by March next year. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of Earth Sciences, said this during his first visit to a research centre under the Ministry in UP since assuming charge of the new Ministry.

Rijiju said with its acquisition India will acquire the weather monitoring mechanism with the highest resolution of probabilistic forecast. The Minister was addressing the media during his visit to the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) in NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh.

New supercomputer will have nearly thrice the capability

“The new computer can improve forecasting from 12 to 6 kms. The new supercomputer will have nearly thrice the capability compared to the Cray XC-40 supercomputer ‘Mihir’, India’s fastest supercomputer at present,” said Rijiji. 

“The facilities at this world class centre will benefit all sectors, all sections of the society, in fact every individual of the country is going to get the benefit directly from this institution,” he added.

India’s weather forecasting capabilities are improving day by day 

Rijiju said India’s weather forecasting capabilities are improving day by day and the new Supercomputer will vastly improve our capacity to make accurate weather predictions. “We are also extending weather forecasts to countries in the neighbourhood and beyond,” he said.

Rijiju said the NCMRWF is a leading institution of its kind in the world. “It’s a matter of great pride for India that our NCMRWF is going to be the world class centre,” he said.

Rijiju was briefed by Dr. M. Ravichandran, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences; Dr. V.S. Prasad, Head and other senior scientists of the NCMRWF.

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