Which union minister has launched 2.8 Peta Flops High Performance Computer (HPC) system ‘Mihir’?
(Dr Harsh Vardhan)
Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicated the 2.8 petaflops high-performance computer (HPC) system “Mihir” to the nation on Tuesday 30th January 2018, at the National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting at Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The high-performance computer (HPC) or supercomputer “Mihir” (which means Sun) will help improve weather/climate forecasts. In terms of peak capacity and performance “Mihir” is the largest supercomputer of the country. This HPC has improved India’s ranking in the world in terms of HPC facilities. India jumped into the top 30s from 368th position. Dr Vardhan also stated that India is now ranked 4th in the world after Japan, UK and USA in terms of HPC facilities for weather and climate. This HPC facility will help improve weather forecasts at the block level across the country. This facility will help in the forecast of monsoons and prediction of cyclones more accurately.
Dr Harsh Vardhan (born on 13th December 1954) an Indian politician is the current Minister of Science and Technology (assumed office on 9th November 2014). He is also the Minister of Earth Sciences (assumed office on 9th November 2014), Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (assumed office on 27th May 2014). He is handling these portfolios under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dr Harsh Vardhan born in New Delhi, India is a member of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). He is a Member of the 16th Lok Sabha and represents Chandni Chowk. He assumed office as Member of Parliament on 16th May 2014. Dr Harsh Vardhan was Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly for Krishna Nagar and was in office from 1993 to 16th May 2014. He was the Minister of Health and Family Welfare from 26th May 2014 to 9th November 2014. For the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections, Dr Harsh Vardhan was the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).