Pratyush HPC system launched in city at IITM

ST Correspondent
Monday, 8 January 2018

“For this system, the government has invested Rs 450 crore as accurate climate and weather predictions have become the need of the hour.” said Vardhan.

PUNE: Pratyush High Performance Computing (HPC) system, India’s first multi petaflops supercomputer, which was launched on Monday, will help with more accurate monsoon predictions.

Pratyush HPC system was inaugurated at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), on Monday, at the hands of Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan. Pratyush HPC system will be housed at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, which is under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), and at the Noida-based National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF). 

Speaking about the system, he said that with Pratyush HPC system, monsoon predictions and early predictions of natural disasters like cyclone, tsunami and earthquake would now become more accurate. 

“For this system, the government has invested Rs 450 crore as accurate climate and weather predictions have become the need of the hour. India will be placed at the 4th position after Japan, UK and USA. Presently, the government is sending text messages of weather forecast to 24 million farmers, which helped in a positive impact of Rs 50,000 crore in the Gross domestic product (GDP),” said Vardhan.

He also added that recently in case of Ockhi cyclone too, the early predictions helped manage the situation better. 

“Hence, getting accurate climate and weather predictions is very important and Pratyush HPC system would aid in doing the same. As part of the monsoon mission, there is a plan to provide block-level monsoon predictions by 2019,” said Vardhan. 

Speaking during the inauguration, IITM Director Ravi Nanjundiah said that this new HPC facility will enable MoES scientists to use more detailed components of the earth system for making better weather and climate forecasts at very high resolution.

“The facility is expected to improve weather forecasts at block level over India, which can predict extreme weather events. High resolution seasonal and extended range forecasts of active or break spells of monsoon. Very high resolution coupled models for prediction of cyclones with more accuracy and lead time,” said Nanjundiah.

Also present on the occasion were M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, joint secretary, the ministry of earth sciences, Vipin Chandra, IITM Director Ravi Nanjundiah among others.

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