An exascale supercomputer can perform several million-trillion mathematical operations per second — 1,000 times faster than current petascale supercomputers in India. A petascale supercomputer can perform 1,000 trillion operations per second. “High power computing is required for accurate prediction of weather among other things. We started our supercomputing journey with gigaflop speed, then teraflop, now petaflop. We are now looking at exaflop speed by 2020 with the 10-year long project,” he said.
Bhatkar said from being a mere Rs 100-crore electronics industry in 1971, the ICT industry in India has come a long way to become worth Rs 5 lakh crore. “By 2025, 25 per cent of India’s national income will come from this knowledge-based industry surpassing the contribution of agriculture sector,” he said.
Bhatkar, who is also known as the architect of GIST multilingual technology and Education-To-Home mission apart from the PARAM series of supercomputers, said central government is also considering his recommendation to make it compulsory to provide all public services through electronics.
“We had recommended this for both Maharashtra e-governance and Goa e-governance project. We have identified a list of 128 public services which should be made available only electronically — either through computers (e-governance) or through mobile platforms (m-governance). This will help in ushering transparency and removing hassles for the common man,” he said.