Yahoo! and Computational Research Laboratories to Collaborate on Cloud Computing Research.

Yahoo! Inc, a leading global Internet company, and Computational Research Laboratories (CRL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons Limited, today announced an agreement to jointly support cloud computing research.

Yahoo! Inc, a leading global Internet company, and Computational Research Laboratories (CRL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons Limited, today announced an agreement to jointly support cloud computing research. As part of the agreement, CRL will make available to researchers one of the world’s top five supercomputers that has substantially more processors than any supercomputer currently available for cloud computing research.

This effort is the first of its kind in terms of the size and scale of the machine, and the first in making available a supercomputer to academic institutions in India. The Yahoo!/CRL effort is intended to leverage CRL’s expertise in high performance computing and Yahoo!’s technical leadership in Apache Hadoop, an open source distributed computing project of the Apache Software Foundation, to enable scientists to perform data-intensive computing research on a 14,400 processor supercomputer.

Called the EKA, CRL’s supercomputer is ranked the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world – it has 14,400 processors, 28 terabytes of memory, 140 terabytes of disks, a peak performance of 180 trillion calculations per second (180 teraflops), and sustained computation capacity of 120 teraflops for the LINPACK benchmark. Of the top ten supercomputers in the world, EKA is the only supercomputer funded by the private sector and is available for use on commercial terms. EKA is expected to run the latest version of Hadoop and other state-of-the-art, Yahoo!-supported, open-source distributed computing software such as the Pig parallel programming language developed by Yahoo! Research.

Chandrayaan-1 Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned spacecraft mission to moon, entered lunar orbit today (November 8, 2008). This is the first time that an Indian built spacecraft has broken away from the Earth’s gravitational field and reached the moon. This historic event occurred following the firing of Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft’s liquid engine at 16:51 IST for a duration of 817 seconds. The highly complex ‘lunar orbit insertion manoeuvre’ was performed from Chandrayaan-1 Spacecraft Control Centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network at Bangalore.

Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Byalalu supported the crucial task of transmitting commands and continuously monitoring this vital event with two dish antennas, one measuring 18 m and the other 32 m.

Lady Raman(Lokasundari Raman)

“Against all conventions of the time, Raman arranged his own marriage with Lokasundari, who was then 13 years old. The story is that on the first occasion he saw her, she was playing on the veena the ‘Thyagaraja Keerthana’, Rama Ni Samanam Evaro.

SOURCE : DECCAN HERALD

Sir Raman's wife

After reading a couple of articles on C V Raman in Deccan Herald, I thought it would be a good idea to remember his wife Lady Lokasundari Raman. As the well known saying goes, ‘Behind every great man there is a woman!’ He used to call her ‘Logum’ but always referred to her in public as ‘Lady Raman’.

Here I quote from the first Raman Memorial Lecture held in 1978 at the Indian Institute of Science. It was given by Prof S Ramaseshan.

“Against all conventions of the time, Raman arranged his own marriage with Lokasundari, who was then 13 years old. The story is that on the first occasion he saw her, she was playing on the veena the ‘Thyagaraja Keerthana’, Rama Ni Samanam Evaro. We shall never know whether it was by intent or by accident! Anyway, she insists that she still does not know if Raman married her for the extra Rs 150 the Finance Department gave to its married officers! He had joined the Finance Department as Assistant Accountant General, Calcutta. He was then 18 1/2 years old.”

What a hectic life it must have been for her to be married to a whirlwind personality like Raman! Young Lokasundari tells of the routine of her husband: At 5.30 am, he goes to the the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, returns at 9.45 am, bathes, gulps down his food, leaves for the office by taxi so as not to be late. On his way back in the evening, he goes to the association to continue his scientific work and returns at 10 pm. Sundays were spent at the association.

Large Hadron Collider a grand Success

It came.. I saw.. it collided.. The First Beam of the large Hadron collider has been a grand success.. It has been more than 20years of hard work put into it. A promising future lies ahead fot the project and the humanity.

It came.. I saw.. it collided.. The First Beam of the large Hadron collider has been a grand success.. It has been more than 20years of hard work put into it. A promising future lies ahead fot the project and the humanity. I’m also very happy to find that a lot of contributions have been made from the Indian Scientist as well.