Storage products can hold hundreds of Petabytes of data

Supernova’s features

Entry-level configuration is 1 trillion mathematical calculations per second

Fastest of them can deliver up to hundred thousand trillions of calculations per second

Cost of an entry level package will be Rs 25 lakh

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Bangalore, Sept. 12 Wipro Infotech on Wednesday launched a range of supercomputers under the brand Supernova.

Partnering with the US-based Z RESEARCH Inc, which specialises in commoditising supercomputers and superstorage, the company has developed a complete range of supercomputers.

The entry-level supercomputer has a configuration of 1 trillion mathematical calculations per second.

The fastest of them can deliver up to hundred thousand trillions of calculations per second. The storage products called Superstorage can hold hundreds of Petabytes of data.

Supernova marks Wipro Infotech’s foray into new markets. Targeting engineering colleges, technical training institutes, design start-ups, corporate research labs and media houses, the firm will begin selling in India and might take it abroad at a later stage, said Mr Ashutosh Vaidya, Vice-President, Wipro Personal Computing.

Market size

The global supercomputer market stands at $35 billion. Thunder currently ranks 19 in the list of top 500 supercomputers in the world. The companies plan to market a modular package of the supercomputing nodes with storage. The cost of such an entry level package will be Rs 25 lakh, for a combination of a 1 teraflop supercomputer with 4 Terabytes of storage, he said.

Thunder

“Thunder, to be renamed under the Supernova brand, is Z RESEARCH’s open source supercomputer comprising a cluster of 4096 Intel Itanium2 processors with an output of 20 teraflops (a teraflop is a trillion calculations per sec).”

Vital market

“India is a vital market for us and we are excited to bring supercomputing and massive distributed clustered storage technology and solutions to India by partnering with Wipro. We trust Wipro for its strength in product knowledge, deployment capabilities and support framework in Indian market, while we bring in our domain expertise which has been distilled from years of experience and deployments worldwide at National Laboratories and Fortune 1000 companies,” said Mr Anand Babu, Co-Founder of Z RESEARCH.

Wipro Supernova promises to meet faster data crunching and storage needs of high end scientific research labs in defence, geological surveys, biotechnology, animation and other high end design space.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 13, 2007)
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