The supercomputer facility PARAM-ISHAN was launched at IIT, Guwahati on 19th September, 2016 by Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Praksh Javadekar. The device has been developed as a joint venture between the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, and IIT-G. A part of the Param series of supercomputers by C-DAC, it has been named jointly by the two organizations as Param-Ishaan. It is the fastest and most powerful supercomputer in the northeastern, eastern and southern regions of India, surpassed by only SahasraT, at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Around Rs 10 crore was spent to build the supercomputer.
Param-Ishaan will have a speed of around 250 teraflops and 300 TB storage. Flops is an acronym for “floating-point operations per second,” a term that describes the rate of calculations on real numbers. If a processor is clocked at 6 teraflops, that means it can calculate 6 trillion math problems in one second (wiki). An i7 core usually have speeds around 70 gigaflops. SahasraT has a computing speed of 901.5 teraflops.
The first supercomputer installation in the state, the C-DAC and AEC PARAM Supercomputing Facility, was at the Assam Engineering College at its Jalukbari campus. It became operational earlier this year. Supercomputers are present in different educational institutions of the NE states, like Tezpur University, Assam Engineering College, various National Institutes of Technology (NITs). However, this will be first time that a supercomputer of such huge specifications is deployed in the region. It is expected to give a major boost to research and development in Assam and the Northeast.