NUST Launches Pakistan’s Fastest Supercomputer

NUSTNational University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) inaugurated its fastest supercomputing facility in a ceremony held on Tuesday at its Research Centre for Modeling and Simulation (RCMS).

The supercomputer installed in NUST is the fastest GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) based parallel computing system operating in any organization/academic institution in Pakistan till date.

The supercomputer can perform parallel computation at a peak speed of 132 Teraflops (132 Trillion Operations per second).  It is equipped with multi-core processors and graphics co-processors with inter-processor communication speed of 40 Gbps.

Techinical Specifications:

  • Computer’s Cluster configuration:
    • 66 NODE supercomputer with 30,992 processor cores
    • 2 Head Node (16 Processor Cores)
    • 32 Dual Quad Core Computer Nodes (256 Processor Cores)
    • 32 Nvidia Computing Processors
    • Each processor has 960 Processor Cores (30,720 processor Cores)
  • QDR Infiniband Interconnection
  • 21.6TB SAN storage

Imaginational ceremony was presided over by Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Javaid Laghari.

Speaking at the ceremony, Principal RCMS Engr Sikandar Hayat highlighted some of the unique features of this state-of-the-art computing facility recently acquired by Nust through financial grant by Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST).

Hayat said that besides the supercomputer’s extensive utilisation in the computation-intensive research projects in the areas of Fluid Dynamics and Biosciences, this massively parallel facility can also be utilized to handle huge data processing applications of social sciences such as Flood and Weather Forecasting, Oil and Gas Exploration, energy efficient building designs and national transportation management.

Addressing the event, Laghari appreciated the efforts of the entire team associated with the project and encouraged all institutions to come forward and benefit from the facility acquired by Nust. He assured HEC’s full support in this regard.

Rector Nust Engr Muhammad Asghar, in his welcome address, sharing his vision, specifically mentioned that the acquisition of the supercomputing facility would be a source of inspiration for PhD scholars, abroad, to return to Pakistan.

“This will give an impetus for collaborative research between universities and other research organisations within the country and abroad.”

Dr Imran Akhtar, the key note speaker, gave a highly motivating and thought provoking speech on the occasion, encouraging young researchers to come forward and utilize the facility in solving national challenges in the areas of engineering, bio-informatics, political science, psychology and social sciences.


  • Furqan

    GREAT!!

  • Ahmad…

    Great! and we hope that there will be positive competition amongst other academic, as well industrial units, to facilitate Pakistanies!

  • Waleed

    Gooosshhh…..No words… em just imagining!!!

  • Simple Dimple

    Great News – All the best NUST!

  • Muneer Ahmad

    Wow…That’s great
    Congrats

  • proud to be the Nustian !

    • Bilal

      Wow “The Nustian”.

  • Mahaj

    Very nice

  • Adeel

    Now that is an awesome news…

  • abdul basit

    Its amazing beside we have energy crises we are using supper-computers however i am still wondering what kind of operations will be performed

  • Holy sh#t!!!

    I would do anything to get my hands on it..

  • Kamran Khan Mohmand

    khush kr dia NUST ROCKSSSSSS

  • Abid khan

    Nust rocks….:)

  • Ovais

    Is computer pe CS chal jae ga?

  • Ashhad

    Indeed a good news for all pakistanis

  • yar ispe youtoop chalti hay k nai?
    plz plz plz reply fast, i need to know!!!

  • M Asrar

    great work,

  • Raheel

    Great work. But a detailed specification is also needed. May be a link or document

  • bilal

    love this news….

  • Aamir

    Well done

  • zuhaib

    great work

  • Jawad Hussain

    that is certaily a wonderful news……….

    great work…. it can be used for to store data of all Pakistanis, with finger prints, pictures and addresses and DNA structure….. it will help to access the person govt wants and etc etc etc….

  • Saeed

    Dear Mehwish Khan,
    In the title of the post you have written Nust it should be NUST (in capital letters).

    • Abdullah

      meray bhai saeed smj aani chaye appko smj agai na tht its NUST

  • OMG

  • bibrak

    Some how CPU cores and GPU cores are combined to show the figure of 30,992.

  • Pakistani

    Definitely a big news and a wonderful achievement for NUST.

  • Subhan sajid

    wow,,we rock again

  • Subhan sajid

    we rock

  • Saad

    Proud to be a NUSTIAN…may ALLAH give many rises to all rising universities of Pakistan

  • محمدآصف

    بہت خوب جواد حسین!

  • dave clarke

    Hey Guys’

    It’s a start, regardless the problems Pakistani is in it people are striving to build a nation. This is a very good start for Pakistan, which show that it is nation, that is striving and taking steps in changing the best it can.

    Good on to NUST, they have begun a revolution in the acemedic field. It is these investments that bring prosperity and equality. Yet it will take time to see the fruits.

  • shaan shaikh

    PROUD to be pakistani.
    “The highest result of Education is TOLERANCE”
    GOD BLESS ALL!

  • Asim ul haq

    PROUD TO BE PAKSITANI.

  • Proud to be a non Nustian

    Sorry to say but … this is a Child’s Play! -_-

  • Salman

    Have any benchmarks been run on it e.g. TeraSort etc?

  • Owais Ahmed

    This is amazing.. the fastest computer in the World has 65000 processors (I read this a couple of years back), this is about half of it. Amazing!

  • Al

    Really the first super computer? I highly doubt it. Were there none in the atomic program?

  • Muhammad Irfan

    MASHAALLAH,Great! wishing you very best of luck in future endeavors

  • -W-

    Awesome Stuff.
    NUST Rocked.

  • Faisal

    at last some good new heard in pakistan

  • Umair Ahmed

    Wow, I am appalled by the way they are boasting 30,992 processing cores while there are only 292 processing cores and 32 graphics processing engines.

    A graphics processing core can never ever be rendered even remotely powerful and capable to a normal general processing core!

    The general list of super computers housed by universities are as follows:-
    1. 448 core, 150 T-Flops @ National Center for Physics, Q.A.U., Islamabad.
    2. This one.
    3. Unknown cores, Unknown Flops @ Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Sciences, P.I.N.S.TECH., P.A.E.C., Islamabad.

    There is one being deployed at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad for the purpose of becoming a Tier 2 ALICE node for CERN’s LHC project (same purpose as NCP’s). Specifications are unknown at the moment.

  • BoOoGy Man

    I wonder how good will Battle Field 3 run on this one ! :D

  • Iftikhar Ahmed Panhwar

    Awesome, but still I wish to have under 50’s of number out 500 Super computer’s Globally