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India Plans Fastest Supercomputer by 2017

Indian Express (09/16/12)

India’s Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has drafted a proposal for developing a range of petaflop and exaflop computers over five years.  The exaflop supercomputers would be at least 61 times faster than the Sequoia, the world’s most powerful supercomputer, which has registered a top computing speed of 16.32 petaflops.  India’s telecom and information technology minister Kapil Sibal shared the roadmap in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.  Sibal also wants to return the task of coordinating overall supercomputing activities to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY).  The proposal calls for the Indian government to give the task of setting up a National Apex Committee to oversee the implementation of the proposed Supercomputing Mission to DEITY, and have C-DAC establish petaflop and exascale supercomputing facilities and development projects.

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