In November 2007 EKA was announced, which is privately funded supercomputer. Eka, built by CRL, Pune is the world’s 4th fastest supercomputer, and the fastest one that didn’t use government funding. This is the same supercomputer referenced in Yahoo!’s recent announcement about cloud computing research at the Hadoop Summit. This article describes some of the technical details of Eka’s design and implementation.
My town – pune is home to some of the best supercomputing research and development facility into the area of software and other related technology. C-DAC (a scientific society of the Department of Information Technology, Government of India) has developed and supplied a range of high performance parallel computers, known as the PARAM series of supercomputers. Now CRL – a tata group company build the EKa one of the top 10 supercomputers in the world, Eka is the only system that was fully privately funded. All other systems used government money, so all of them are for captive use. This means that Eka is the only system in the top 10 that is available for commercial use without strings attached.
The computing infrastructure itself consists of:
- 1800 blades, 4 cores each. 3Ghz for each core.
- HP SFS clusters
- 28TB memory
- 80TB storage. Simple SATA disks. 5.2Gbps throughput.
- Lustre distributed file-system
- 20Gbps infiniband DDR. Eka was on the cutting edge of Infiniband technology. They sourced their infiniband hardware from an Israeli company and where amongst the first users of their releases – including beta, and even alpha quality stuff.
- Multiple Gigabit ethernets
- Linux is the underlying OS. Any Linux will work – RedHat, SuSe, your favorite distribution.
=> Building EKA – The world’s fastest privately funded supercomputer
Not just one but two undersea links are cut and totally out of service. 60% of Indian home and business are experiencing disruption. My home 8Mbps ADSL connection only working at 512K speed :( It could take up to one week to repair the damaged cables and resume full service. The cause of the damage (SEA-ME-WE 4 and FLAG cables in the Mediterranean Sea) has not been declared, but a number of news sources speculate that the damage was caused by a ship’s anchor near Alexandria. However, my works place has no effect as traffic immediately routed using Atlantic ocean cable / gateway (hell we have 5 level redundancy and multiple ISPs).
Operations outsourced to India from the UK and US are badly hit and my friends working with those organizations are totally stressed out. Many of my friends worked all night to restore service for home users. I feel sorry for them. I consider my self lucky for not working with any ISP teach support department.
[ Fig:01 Cuts in two international submarine cable systems in the Mediterranean Sea (image credit, TOI) ]
Update: A third submarine internet cable is severed in the Middle East, compounding global net problems.
Have you been affected by the disruption to internet services?
Eee Pc launch is scheduled on 29th January 2008. People interested in purchasing Eee PC should directly contact Asus Mumbai Headquarters. You can also book online at Asus EEE Pc India website. Models are galaxy black and pearl white for INR 18,000/ price.
More information about EEE PC specification available here. I’m going to get one for myself :D
Update: I talked to someone at Asus and PC will be available from 1st week of Feb-2008 for rest of the India. So if you are in Bangalore or Delhi wait till next week.
I’d like to wish all of our readers around the world and India, a safe and happy holiday season. Wishing each one of you a very happy and prosperous Diwali. Hope the light of this festive period shines in all of your life :)
I’m quite busy with decorating homes with lights, fireworks, distributing sweets and gifts. I’ll be out of the office spending time with friends and family until Monday, Nov- 13th, you can expect slightly longer comment approval and posting from me.
I missed FOSS conference in New Delhi ~ over 700 people, two days of sheer fun, excitement and lots of FOSS :( I was in Chennai.. anyway freed.in is the leading community event in the Indian sub-continent and the developing world, promoting freedom in technology, software and other related fields, and personal privacy. The annual event makes free and open source software more visible to the world, and shares its excitement with everybody. freed.in helps nurture the community and enables networking within and outside the community in a fun environment. The event strives towards seeding of new projects.
Mayank Sharma has posted news and videos here.
India beat Pakistan in the World Twenty20 final by five runs to get their first major trophy since 1983.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s young Indian team snatched the inaugural Twenty20 world title after defeating archrivals Pakistan by five runs in a thrilling final on Monday.