CCEA approves High Performance Computing for weather and climate

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the implementation of the High Performance Computing (HPC) system for weather and climate predictions.

The committee has approved a total estimated cost of Rs 567.16 crore (Rs 500 crore non-recurring and Rs 67.16 crore recurring) during the XII plan period.

The establishment of the HPC system and the enhanced computing infrastructure will enable simulations for improved weather, climate and ocean forecast and will help in providing reliable weather and climate services to the end users such as farmers, fishermen and other stakeholders in the government and neighbouring countries.

The HPC system will set up of petaflop facility along with sustained supporting infrastructure such as UPS, cooling system, power and generator backup at the Earth System Science Organisation-Ministry of Earth Sciences (ESSO-MoES) units, to enable simulations for improved weather and climate predictions. The facility will be available to the academic and research community of the country to undertake developmental work for improving the skill of forecasting.

The facility will also be set up at the Indo-Africa Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, Mauritius as part of India’s commitment for running an end-to-end medium range weather forecasting system for the African Union and extend support to the neighbouring Bay of Bengal initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries and the African Union.

The HPC system will be implemented in two phases during the XII Plan. The entire computational facility will be maintained at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (ESSO-IITM) and the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ESSO-NCMRWF) with access to other ESSO units through the dedicated National Knowledge Network (NKN) linkage.

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