‘Bhaskara’, is a supercomputer, which is ready now to help meteorologists in conducting research and development (R&D) related to prediction of weather including effective forecast of tropical cyclone, weather condition, heavy rainfall and cloud burst events.
This supercomputer have high-resolution regional models, it will be dedicated to the nation on June 2nd, 2015 by Union Minister for Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan.
The present augmentation shall enable Earth System Science Organisation-National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ESSO-NCMRWF) to provide high-resolution global forecast and predict the weather conditions extreme of 10 days weather events using high-resolution regional models with a horizontal resolution of over 1.5 km and probabilistic forecasts using an ensemble weather condition calculation and prediction system.
“The High Performance Computing (HPC) facility installed at ESSO-NCMRWF is a part of the overall ESSO HPC facility which includes the system installed at ESSO-IITM (Earth System Science Organisation-Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology).
This HPC facility at ESSO-NCMRWF is the result of an emulative recovery which resulted in the acquisition of a supercomputer by IBM iDataPlex which have the peak computing power of 350 teraflops with 67 terabytes (TB) of aggregate memory.
“With the commissioning of supercomputer ‘Bhaskara’, the overall ESSO HPC facility will have on the peak of computing power of 1.14 petaflops,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Earth Sciences in a report.
The growth shall enable ESSO-NCMRWF to give a very high resolution regional module of 10 days deterministic weather condition forecast and probabilistic forecast from a 44-member ensemble prediction system within the generally accepted time window of about 5 hours from the standard observation time.