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#IP 1185 26 Jun - 2 Jul 2017

#IP 1184 19 - 25 Jun 2017

Cray High Performance Computing (HPC) Award for Dr U N Sinha

Dr U N Sinha, CSIR-NAL’s pioneering scientist in parallel computing and numerical weather prediction, now retired, has been awarded* the Dr A P J Abdul Kalam HPC Lifetime Achievement Award, instituted by Cray, for his stellar and path-breaking contributions in high performance computing. He is the first recipient of this honour.

Dr Sinha’s achievements in CSIR-NAL are staggering and awesome: After building India’s first parallel computer, Flosolver, back in 1986, Dr Sinha entered three decades of unprecedented achievement: ingenious randomization to achieve linear scale-ups with Intel’s Multibus (Intel scientists were first baffled, then amazed); direct numerical simulation of turbulence on Flosolver’s Mk3 version;  innovative image processing of satellite imagery to study cyclone genesis, cyclone track prediction, numerical simulation of flow past the LCA (Tejas) configuration; achieving super-linear scale-ups in parallel computing; and the development of Varsha for monsoon rainfall prediction.

Dr Sinha is especially delighted to receive this award from Cray – an institution he has truly admired and respected. “Being recognized by Cray feels very special”, he says, “because they truly set the international benchmarks for high performance computing”.

Now nearing 70, Dr Sinha soldiers on. He’s now collaborating with CSIR-4PI to significantly improve Varsha’s ability to predict monthly monsoon rainfall. “We’re moving from the modelling era to the era of data-intensive computing. These are exciting times”, he tells you. His lifetime’s greatest achievement could still be ahead of this indefatigable servant of science.

Ramesh Sundaram & Srinivas Bhogle

*The award was presented in April 2017 at a well-attended function in Delhi. Dr Sinha could not be present due to a minor indisposition.

#IP 1183 12 - 18 Jun 2017

Inauguration of NAL’s WiSH systems at CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneshwar on 3rd June 2017 under CSIR 800 Banner Program

In a simple and brief ceremony, 4 units of NAL’s small 900 W Wind and 500 W Solar Hybrid Systems (WiSH) were inaugurated at the Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology (IMMT), Bhubaneshwar on 3rd June, 2017. Sri J J Jadhav, Director, NAL and Dr S K Mishra, Director, IMMT, participated in the program. This site is about 40 kms from the coast of Bay of Bengal.  The sweltering heat did not come in the way of the buoyant spirits of the august gathering as they cheered the glowing WiSH powered lights. Positioned at a height of about 30 metres in the lush green sprawling IMMT campus, it was a delight to watch the rotating machines harness the energy from the wind stream with consummate ease. The project was funded under the CSIR 800 Banner program and jointly carried out by NAL, Bengaluru & IMMT, Bhubaneshwar. The local press was present in good strength.  The power from these systems is being used to light a stretch of the IMMT cricket ground. The harsh weather and the saline environment will be a good test case for NAL's WiSH systems. With this, the total number of small wind solar hybrids commissioned outside NAL goes up to nine.


Inauguration of NAL’s WiSH systems by Director, NAL

4 WiSH systems in operation at IMMT campus

Coverage of Inaugural function in the Orissa Newspaper - Pragatibadi

Solar panels installed along with NAL’s wind turbines at IMMT campus

#IP 11825 - 11 Jun 2017

Golden Jubilee of 1.2m Trisonic Wind Tunnel
50 glorious years of wind tunnel testing

- 23 May 2017 Bangalore Mirror

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