Supercomputer as a Service

One and half year after making a stunning entry into the global supercomputer list with Eka—ranked as the fourth-fastest supercomputer in the world—Computational Research Laboratories (CRL), a Tata Sons’ subsidiary, has succeeded in creating a new market for supercomputers by offering its supercomputing power on rent. For now, for want of a better phrase, let us call it ‘Supercomputer as a service.’
With more than 40 organizations in India hiring its services, CRL has made a mark in a field where only a few organizations have dared to venture. In a period of recession, Eka has opened up new possibilities for industries that require the massive crunching power of supercomputers—but only during certain phases of their product development lifecycle.
For example, Tata Elxsi used Eka’s processing power to reduce the time required for rendering the animation movie, Roadside Romeo. The activity, which would have taken the firm approximately 36-40 months to digitally render the movie in a studio, took only six months due to the computing power of Eka. It is significant to note that the firm achieved this feat using only one-third of the processing power of Eka.
Similarly, leading aerospace company Boeing is using Eka’s capability to bring its ideas to the market faster by offering design and simulation support. And Tata Motors is using Eka for vehicle simulation and testing digital prototypes.
CRL is also looking at potential opportunities in sectors such as life sciences, weather forecasting, animation and automotives.


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