Authored by Mr. Rajesh Khurana, Country Manager - Consumer Business, BIWIN
In May 2023 India’s AI supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ was ranked at No 75 among 500 Super-fast computers at International Supercomputing Conference, held in Germany. Hailed as a powerful supercomputer it has an astonishing speed of 13170 teraflops (Rpeak). India also hasPratyush and Mihir, the country’s most powerful civilian supercomputers with a combined capacity of 6.8 petaflops located at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, and the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Noida, respectively.
Though, on an everyday basis we don’t need such super high speeds, high-performance computers help professionals like engineers, designers, data scientists, researchers to analyse and solve complex problems in much lesser time and at reduced costs. While computers work on speeds ranging between 1.5GHz to 6GHz, the older computers offered much lesser speed. Updating the computer, shutting down and restarting them helped in speeding up the system. When computer’s storage space was almost full, then the booting speed decreased, where uninstalling unnecessary programs, deleting temporary files and big files that aren’t required also helped. Disabling auto programs was another step in the right direction. However, after a point one had to either buy a new computer, or upgrade RAM. Increasing the storage by adding an external hard drive is also a good strategy to boost up the speed of the computers.
SSD or Solid State Drive have emerged as the preferred alternative when consumers wish to upgrade their computer and increase the storage space as well as speed of reading and accessing data. SSDs promise quick throughputs and quick read access times because they use flash-based memory. SSDs may access files that are stored in different grids at a speed measured in nanoseconds when employing clever information segregation. The SSD can reduce any device's bootup time by up to 50% when compared to conventional ones. Additionally, it improves Windows' performance.
High storage capacity is essential because it allows the computer to save the useful data, which is necessary for any software to run effectively. If the storage capacity is insufficient, the system will operate poorly, especially when playing games or editing videos, as the frame rate begins to lag. This ruins the user's entire experience to the point where they may become frustrated. If your PC doesn't have adequate capacity, consider updating it or using cloud storage to store your media files.
Nowadays we have three types of storage- HDDs or Hard Disk Drives, SATA SSDs or Solid State Drives or M.2 SSD drives.As the device is controlled by magnetization and is therefore the slowest, hard discs have become redundant. Although, they offer storage capacities up to 16 TB and are the most economical solutions, consumers are moving from Hard disk. SATA SSDs are more dependable since they use flash chips rather than physical moving parts to store information and are speedier. They can also tolerate extremely high temperatures and are more resistant to drops and bangs. Although they are expensive, they offer good value for the features they have. The most expensive SSDs, on the other hand, are M2 SSDs, which enable drive interface with PC with a single connector delivering both power and data.
The best technique to speed up a slow computer is to add more storage to it. However, the issues your computer is having and the speed gains you want to get will determine whether you should upgrade your memory or storage. If you have an old computer, replacing the hard drive with an SSD that offers additional capacity should be your first upgrade. The SSD will also affect a battery's short lifespan because they use less power to operate, extending the battery's life. By doing this easy step, you can also increase the speed of the device, with a boot time of 10–13 seconds as opposed to 30–40 seconds with a hard drive. Additionally, it will save the time needed to load and access data. Just upgrading the storage is the most cost-effective way to improve the performance of your PC and instil a new life in it.