Which union minister has launched 2.8 Peta Flops High Performance Computer (HPC) system ‘Mihir’?
[A] Arun Jaitley
[B] Suresh Prabhu
[C] Harsh Vardhan
[D] Nitin Gadkari
Correct Answer: C [Harsh Vardhan]
Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Earth Sciences (MoES) , has launched a 2.8 Peta Flops capacity High Performance Computer (HPC) system ‘Mihir’ in Noida to improve India’s weather forecasting.
The new HPC facility is expected to improve weather forecasts at the block level across India, predict extreme weather events, and offer high resolution seasonal and extended range forecasts of active/break spells of the monsoon.
The facility will also make possible very high resolution coupled models for prediction of cyclones with more accuracy and lead time. The new system will be India’s largest HPC facility in terms of peak capacity and performance and will propel India’s ranking from the 368th position to the 30th in the list of top 500 HPC facilities in the world.