- Union minister of earth sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 30 January, 2018, dedicated the nation a ‘High Performance Computer (HPC) system – named ‘Mihir’ (meaning Sun)’.
- This facility is installed at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) at Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
- The facility will improve weather forecasting and help it to come out with weather forecast down to the block level (for about 6500 blocks) across the country later this year. Currently, such facility is available at district level.
- The new supercomputer will be India’s largest HPC facility in terms of peak capacity and performance.
- Due to its peak capacity, India’s ranking in the list of top 500 HPC facilities in the world will come out from the 368th position to the 30th.
- India will now also be ranked 4th – after Japan, UK and USA – for dedicated HPC resources for weather/climate community.
- Thee new facility will not only help in meeting the operational requirements of the MoES but also support research and development activities in the ministry and other academic institutions working on various problems related to Earth Science.
Noida based 6The National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF)8 is a Centre of Excellence in Weather and Climate Modelling under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.