A file photo. Harsh Vardhan, Union minister for earth science, environment, forest & climate change launched high performance computer at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting in Noida. Photo:  Ramesh Pathania/Mint
A file photo. Harsh Vardhan, Union minister for earth science, environment, forest & climate change launched high performance computer at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting in Noida. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

India launches high performance computer system Mihir

Mihir is expected to improve weather forecasts at the block level, predict extreme weather events, and offer high resolution seasonal and extended range forecasts of active/break spells of the monsoon

New Delhi: In an initiative to improve India’s weather forecasting, the ministry of earth science (MoES) on Tuesday launched a high performance computer (HPC) system named Mihir.

The HPC will be India’s largest in terms of peak capacity and performance and will propel the country’s ranking from the 368th position to the top 30 in list of HPC facilities across the world.

“India will now also be ranked 4th, after Japan, UK and US for dedicated HPC resources for weather/climate community. Soon India will be able to match the capacities of these nations," said Harsh Vardhan, Union minister for earth science, environment, forest & climate change while launching the facility at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting in Noida.

The new HPC facility is expected to improve weather forecasts at the block level across India, predict extreme weather events, and offer high resolution seasonal and extended range forecasts of active/break spells of the monsoon.

The facility will also make possible very high resolution coupled models for prediction of cyclones with more accuracy and lead time. Further, the services that will improve with the new facility are ocean state forecasts including marine water quality forecasts at very high resolution, tsunami forecasts with greater lead time, air quality forecasts for various cities and climate projections at very high resolution.

“This new HPC facility will not only help in meeting the operational requirements of the MoES but also support the research and development activities in MoES and other academic institutions working on various problems related to earth science," said M. Rajeevan, secretary, MoES.

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