AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ ranks 75th in the Top 500 Supercomputing List

The AI supercomputer, AIRAWAT, installed at C-DAC in Pune, Maharashtra, has achieved a global ranking of 75th in the 61st edition of the ‘Top 500 Global Supercomputing List’. This milestone was announced at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2023) in Germany, highlighting India’s position as a leading nation in AI supercomputing. The system is a part of the National Program on AI initiated by the Government of India.

Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) Secretary, Shri Alkesh Sharma, expressed his satisfaction with this achievement, emphasizing India’s strong ecosystem and competitive advantage in AI. He mentioned that India has been actively working on applied AI in various sectors such as natural language processing, image processing, agriculture, healthcare, education, and robotics. The goal is to develop solutions for strategic sectors and empower citizens and organizations to address society’s pressing challenges.

Abhishek Singh, President & CEO of NeGD and MeitY, stated that the Proof of Concept (PoC) AI Research Analytics and Knowledge Dissemination Platform (AIRAWAT) currently has a computing capacity of 200 AI Petaflops, supported by MeitY and implemented by C-DAC, Pune. When combined with PARAM Siddhi – AI, it reaches a total peak compute capacity of 410 AI Petaflops Mixed Precision and sustained compute capacity of 8.5 Petaflops (Rmax) Double Precision.

The government’s vision is to leverage technology and artificial intelligence for the welfare of the common people, contributing to the socioeconomic growth of the nation. MeitY has already planned to scale AIRAWAT to a computing capacity of 1,000 AI Petaflops Mixed Precision to meet the current computational needs in AI.

Overall, the achievement of AIRAWAT’s global ranking reflects India’s commitment to advancing AI technology and its potential to address critical issues for the betterment of society and the economy.

About the AI Supercomputer AIRAWAT

AIRAWAT, the impressive AI supercomputer developed by Netweb Technologies, is making waves in the field of AI computing. With its recent ranking of 75th in the ‘Top 500 Global Supercomputing List,’ AIRAWAT has proven to be a formidable force. The supercomputer, which operates on Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS, boasts remarkable specifications.

Equipped with an AMD EPYC 7742 64C 2.25GHz processor and a staggering 81,344 cores, AIRAWAT demonstrates its immense processing power. These specifications contribute to its outstanding performance and its ability to handle complex AI computations.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that AIRAWAT has been installed in the current year, solidifying its status as a cutting-edge addition to the AI computing landscape. Its arrival marks a significant advancement in India’s technological capabilities and further strengthens the country’s position in the realm of AI supercomputing.

Other Indian Supercomputers in the List


Ranking at No. 131, PARAM Siddhi-AI stands as a formidable supercomputer. Its impressive specifications include NVIDIA DGX A100, AMD EPYC 7742 64C 2.25GHz processors, NVIDIA A100 GPUs, Mellanox HDR Infiniband, and Atos technology. Installed at the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Pune, PARAM Siddhi-AI showcases India’s commitment to advancing AI and high-performance computing.


Ranked at No. 169, the Pratyush supercomputer demonstrates its prowess in computational meteorology. Powered by Cray XC40, it features Xeon E5-2695v4 18C 2.1GHz processors and utilizes Aries interconnect technology from HPE. Installed at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pratyush plays a crucial role in weather forecasting and atmospheric research.


With its ranking at No. 316, the Mihir supercomputer makes a significant contribution to weather forecasting. Housed at the National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting, Mihir operates on the Cray XC40 platform and employs Xeon E5-2695v4 18C, 2.1GHz processors. Its Aries interconnect, also from HPE, enables efficient data transfer and computation.


Which is the most powerful supercomputer in the Top 500 Supercomputing List?

The Frontier system, located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, USA, continues to hold the top position on the TOP500 list of supercomputers. It remains the only system reported to have achieved a performance exceeding one Exaflop/s on the High-Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark. Frontier reclaimed the No. 1 ranking for the USA in June 2022, with an impressive HPL score of 1.194 Exaflop/s. This remarkable achievement underscores the United States’ leadership in the field of high-performance computing.

Which was the First Supercomputer in India?

The first Indian supercomputer is known as PARAM (Parallel Machine). It was developed by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Pune, India, and was unveiled in 1991. PARAM was designed to address the computational needs of scientific and engineering research in India. It marked a significant milestone in India’s efforts to establish its presence in the field of high-performance computing.
The PARAM series of supercomputers has evolved over the years with multiple versions and upgrades. PARAM 8000, PARAM 9000, and PARAM 10000 are some notable iterations that followed the initial PARAM. These supercomputers played a crucial role in advancing scientific research and technological development in India, enabling simulations, modeling, and data analysis across various domains.


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