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India’s Exascale Plans Called a “Pipe Dream”

The Indian government caused a bit of a stir recently with their announced plans to build an Exascale machine by 2017. But over at the Hindustan Times, Charu Sudan Kasturi writes that the power consumption of such a machine would be a major issue for the region.

But even if Indian scientists could develop a 20MW supercomputer, it would consume 1728 million units of electricity (kWh) in a year – more than the electricity consumed annually by over 2 million Indians. The per capita annual consumption of electricity in India is 780 kWh.

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