Iran Supercomputer - Simorgh Supercomputer

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 16, 2022, 6:12

Iran Supercomputer has been making a lot of buzz in the tech news. With technological advancements, the entire world has become a computer network. As a result, the world is racing ahead to develop better and more powerful computers. Supercomputers are the world's fastest and most powerful computers. Supercomputers have advanced computing capabilities and solve complex and time-consuming mathematical or scientific problems. This includes weather forecasting calculations, climate simulation, the discovery of new treatments, the investigation of the origins of the universe, nuclear missile tests, and much more. Simorgh supercomputer is Iran's first supercomputer.

Iran, like many other countries, has been working to improve their capabilities and develop the Simorgh supercomputer. Several countries around the world are working hard to develop powerful supercomputers. With their high-performance supercomputer, Fugaku, the Japanese are currently leading the race to develop the fastest supercomputer. Fujitsu built the supercomputer at the RIKEN centre. Engineers from several other countries are following in their footsteps and working hard to develop supercomputers.

The development of the world's most powerful supercomputer, Simorgh, was recently reported by Iran's state-run website. The Simorgh supercomputer was created by Iranian scientists at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran. Simorgh supercomputer is named after a mythical Persian bird.

Simorgh supercomputer was built with 1 trillion rials (approximately $4.5 million) in funding. Half of this amount was provided by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, with the other half provided by the Ministry of Science and the Presidential Office's Scientific Division. According to experts in the field, most of the equipment and parts used to build Simorgh supercomputers are obtained through black markets.

Capabilities of Simorgh Supercomputer

Simorgh supercomputer indigenously developed by Iran has several fast and powerful capabilities like

  • It has a potential of 0.56 petaflop and will be further enhanced to 1 petaflop in the coming months. Petaflop is a unit for measuring a computer's processor speed to perform operations in one second and is referred to as floating-point operations per second (FLOPs). A supercomputer with the capability of 1 petaflop can perform one quadrillion operations in one second. According to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the supercomputer can reach 10 petaflops in the next phase of development.
  • Based on the TIA-942 standard, the Simorgh supercomputer consists of 42 shelves that cover an area of 250 square meters. Further, the supercomputer will be developed to 84 shelves that will cover 400 square meters.
  • The Simorgh supercomputer will have powerful means of using artificial intelligence in several fields of research like image and data processing.

Future Supercomputer Development Plans of Iran

There are already several plans for developing a follow-up supercomputer. According to Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, ICT MInister, this supercomputer will be 100 times more powerful than the Simorgh supercomputer. This future supercomputer will be named Maryam after the first Iranian woman mathematician and scientist. The development of this supercomputer will make it the third most powerful supercomputer globally.

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FAQs on Iran supercomputer

Q.1. What is the name of the Iran supercomputer?

Simorgh supercomputer is the name of the newly developed Iranian supercomputer.

Q.2. What is the cost of the Simorgh supercomputer developed by Iran?

The cost of the Simorgh supercomputer developed by Iran is around 1 trillion rials or $4.5 million.

Q.3. Which supercomputer is Iran planning to develop after the Simorgh supercomputer?

Iran is planning to develop a supercomputer called “Mariam,” which would be 100 times faster than the Simorgh supercomputer.

Q.4. What are the features of Iran's Simorgh supercomputer?

Iran's Simorgh supercomputer is based on the TIA-942 standard. It consists of 42 shelves that cover an area of 250 square meters