Archive for July, 2010

Chennai-based IMSC (Institute of Mathematical Sciences) of the Department of Atomic Energy commissions supercomputer Annapurna

July 31, 2010

On July 30, 2010 DAE (Dept of Atomic Energy) Chairman Banerjee inaugurated the Rs 6 Crores supercomputer built by IMSC (Institute of Mathematical Sciences) scientists. It is the third fastest machine after the ones at IISc (Indian Institute of Science) and TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research).

Sometime back a team from IMSC built one of the Top 500 global supercomputer “Kabru” under the leadership of Prof Hari Dass. Using just about $ 500,000, the group could build a 144-node Linux cluster which was the fastest tera-scale facility (1.0002 Tera-flops per second) among educational institutions in India then. Interestingly, this cluster was one of the Top500 Super-computers in the world in the year 2004.

China overtakes Japan to become the No 2 economy in the world next only to USA

July 31, 2010

As per China’s currency regulator Ji Gang as of July 2010 China’s GDP at $ 5365 billion exceeded Japan’s GDP of $ 5,273; the only other economy with higher GDP is USA with a GDP of $14,800. Ji Gang attributed the spectacular success to 30 years of consistent policies that started in 1978 and the resultant high growth; he also hopes that China will continue such growth and move to the world’s No 1 position by 2025!

China and India had comparable GDP ($ 300+ billion) in 90’s; today India’s GDP has just moved to $ 1,367 whereas Chinese GDP has notched to $ 5,365. Even by per capita China is way ahead of India

I do hope that younger generation of Indians will take a cue from China and work towards a much higher growth and also work towards inclusive growth. Thanks to high growth China has pushed hundreds of millions of its people above poverty level; India should not lag behind; we have the largest number of poor and extremely poor people on the planet!

IBM launches zEnterprise servers

July 30, 2010

On July 27, 2010 IBM had a launch event for the newest mainframe computer zEnterprise servers.
They had invited just a select set of people (Yours truly included)

Dr Rao and Ray talked about the product details.

It was exciting to see IBM addressing all the layers

A powerful microprocessor tuning at 5.2 GHz

Very rich instruction set and microcode that allows optimisation of key applications

One of the fastest machine optimised for c, c++ and Java

Legendary mainframe reliability

A very robust security model

And with the right pricing zEnterprise will not be a hot and powerful iron but cost effective as well!

I intend to discover more features in the next couple of weeks

India-born Sunil Kumar named Booth School (University of Chicago’s B School) Dean

July 29, 2010

Professor Sunil Kumar of the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of Stanford University will take charge as the Dean of the prestigious Booth School of the University of Chicago on January 1, 2011 as per Businessweek article of Feb 28, 2010.

Dr Sunil Kumar teaches Operations Management and Technology at Stanford. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from NIT Surathkal, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

In the backdrop of Dr Subra Suresh taking charge as the Dean of MIT’s Engineering School two years back and Dr Nitin Nohria named as the Dean of Harvard Business School recently, this news is indeed very welcome.