The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay will deploy a Cray XC50 supercomputer for scientific workloads, along with a ClusterStor scale-out Lustre-based storage system.

The machine is expected to deliver a peak performance of one petaflop.

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Supercomputers for students

“At IIT Bombay, we are committed to delivering the tools our students need to perform and drive research at the university and fuel advances that can benefit society and industry alike,” Professor Devang V. Khakhar, director of IIT Bombay, said.

“Our new Cray supercomputer and ClusterStor storage will accelerate student researchers’ time to discovery and further cement our position as a leading global technology university.”

The Bombay institute was established in 1958 with assistance from UNESCO and funding from the Soviet Union. Located in East Mumbai (Bombay was renamed in 1995), the institute is also home to Asia’s largest science and tech festival, Techfest.

John Howarth, VP of storage at Cray, added: “IIT Bombay selected Cray as a partner in extending support in quality education and research programs because of the compelling price/performance and capability that Cray systems deliver.”

The XC50 - the latest in a line of high performance computing systems that dates back to Red Storm - was also deployed by Japan’s National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), as well as the country’s Meteorological Agency.

The ClusterStore system used in the deployment was originally developed at Seagate - the HPC storage business was acquired by Cray in 2017.