Super Computer

Super Computer now Made in Nepal
-Gajendra Budhathoki
Kathmandu

Under the leadership of Mr. Muni Bahadur Sakya, senior computer engineer who made the first personal computer in Nepal, High Tech Pioneer Pvt. Ltd. has made the first Super Computer of Nepal. This Super Computer is based in Linux clustering system. It has 16 nodes and uses Open Mosix program according to Mr. Sakya."This is the latest and important achievement in computer field and now we can use Super Computer of international standard with local knowledge and manpower, " Mr. Sakya told Nepal Samacharpatra.

Other countries, including India made Super Computer based on Clustering technology. During first phase, India's Super Computer consisted of 8 nodes.

"Although this Super Computer has 16 nodes, this can be expanded to upto 1000 computers if required using Linux clustering technology, " said Mr.Sakya. Super Computer is considered essential in weather forecasting and environmental, physical, chemical, astrological data analysis fields. Few years ago India was planning to provide Super Computer based on older technology to Nepal's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology but it was not accepted since it was very expensive.

Mr. Sakya informed compared to Super Computers made by India and other developed countries, the ones made in Nepal using local resources and manpower with at least half the cost. According to him, this Super Computer based on clustering technology of 16 computers costs less than estimated NRs. 1 million (approximately $ 12,500 at 1US$ = NRs. 80 exchange rate).

Presently IBM's "Blue Gain" is considered world's fastest Super Computer that has 65,536 processors.

HighTech Pioneer P. Ltd. 2002