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India launches high performance computer system Mihir

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: HPC Mihir

Mains level: India’s rising supercomputing capabilities and schemes related to it


Initiative to improve India’s weather forecasting

  1. The ministry of earth science (MoES) launched a high-performance computer (HPC) system named Mihir
  2. It will help in improving India’s weather forecasting

India’s ranking to rise

  1. The HPC will be India’s largest in terms of peak capacity and performance
  2. It will propel the country’s ranking from the 368th position to the top 30 in list of HPC facilities across the world
  3. India will now also be ranked 4th, after Japan, UK and US for dedicated HPC resources for weather/climate community

What will this HPC help in?

  1. Prediction of cyclones with more accuracy and lead time
  2. Improve ocean state forecasts including marine water quality forecasts
  3. Tsunami forecasts with greater lead time
  4. Air quality forecasts for various cities and climate projections
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