It was unveiled on 2 May 2011 by Dr K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO. As of 8th January 2018, it is not the fastest supercomputer in India as it has been surpassed by the pratyush with a maximum theoretical speed of 220 TFlops.
Located at the supercomputing facility named Satish Dhawan Supercomputing Facility at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram. it was built using commercially available hardware, open source software components and in house developments. The system uses 400 NVIDIA Tesla C2070 GPUs and 400 Intel Quad Core Xeon CPUs supplied by WIPRO. Each NVIDIA Tesla C2070 GPU is capable of delivering 515 gigaflops compared to the Xeon CPU’s more modest contribution of 50 gigaflops. The system cost about INR 140,000,000 to build. The system consumes only about 150 kW.