On 12th October 2020, The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) With the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) Host Institutes to establish supercomputing infrastructure with assembly and manufacturing in India.
Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas, Director, NIT, Trichy and Dr. Hemant Darbari, Director General, C – DAC signed the MoU.
Purpose of the MoU:
To manufacture Critical Components at Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore, Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) (Kanpur, Roorkee, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Mandi, Gandhinagar), National Institute of Technology(NIT) Trichy, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) Mohali and NSM Nodal Centres for training in High-Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence (HPC & AI) at IIT (Madras, Kharagpur, Goa and Palakkad).
The MoU was signed in the presence of Sanjay Dhotre, Union Minister of State for electronics and information technology(E&IT), Education and Communications, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary of Department of Science & Technology(DST), Jyoti Arora, Special Secretary & Financial Adviser(FA), MeitY, Dr Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, MeitY and Host Institutes.
To establish a Dependable and Secure Exa Scale Ecosystem with innovative designs, technologies and expert human resources.
To achieve complete self-reliance through developing India’s own Hardware enclosed with Exascale chip design, design and Manufacture of Exascale Server Board, Exascale Interconnects and Storage including Silicon-Photonics at C-DAC.
Features of MoU:
i.With the state of the art supercomputing facilities this partnership will enhance the capabilities of India, empower the scientists and researchers to reach global competition and to ensure self-reliance.
ii.As a part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat, the pace of the research and innovation is being enhanced using the computational science techniques by manufacturing critical supercomputer components in India.
iii.The components manufactured in India include Server Board, Interconnect, Rack power controllers and Hydraulic controllers, Direct Liquid Cooled Datacenter, HPC Software Stack.
The C-DAC has established a Supercomputing Eco-system at IIT-(BHU) Varanasi, IIT Kharagpur, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) Bangalore.
About National Supercomputing Mission(NSM):
National Supercomputing Mission(NSM) was established to provide the required computational power to the Institutes, Industry, Scientific and Research Community, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises(MSME) and Startups to provide solutions to the specific challenges of India and real life problems in Science and Technology.
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About Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC):
Director General– Dr Hemant Darbari
Headquarters– Pune, Maharashtra