Supercomputer Param Kanchenjunga Revealed at NIT Sikkim [ Current Affairs ]


Supercomputer Param Kanchenjunga was uncovered at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Sikkim. It is named after Kangchenjunga Mountain (8, 586 m), the third highest mountain in the world which lies partly in Nepal and partly in Sikkim.

  • Shrinvas Patil a Sikkim Governor has formally uncovered it at the NIT Sikkim campus, Ravangla in South Sikkim District.
  • It is most powerful and fastest supercomputer from all the 31 NITs and Sikkim NIT has secured a rare distinction of having such a supercomputer.
  • Pune-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing ‘C-DAC’ and the NIT Sikkim has jointly develop the Param Kanchenjunga at a cost of three crore rupees.
  • The supercomputer is predictable to help attain quality in research and engineering education in the north-east region.

About Supercomputer

  • A is a high-level computational capacity compared to a general-purpose computer. supercomputer
  • It has high speed and memory and is usually thousands of times faster than ordinary personal computers.
  • Performance of a supercomputer is measured in floating-point operations per second (FLOPS) instead of million instructions per second (MIPS).
  • It was founded in 1962 by Atlas at the University of Manchester.


  • PARAM is a sequences of supercomputers designed and accumulated by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Pune, India.
  • Param means supreme in Sanskrit.
  • Series of PARAM:
  1. PARAM 8000 released in 1991
  2. PARAM 8600
  3. PARAM 9900/SS
  4. PARAM 9900/US
  5. PARAM 9900/AA
  6. PARAM 10000
  7. PARAM Padma released in April 2003
  8. PARAM Yuva released in November 2008
  9. PARAM Yuva II released in February 2013

- Published on: April 18, 2016