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Powering India's Tech Revolution, IBM and C-DAC Forge HPC Collaboration

High-Performance Computing Takes Flight, IBM and C-DAC Lead India's Tech Charge

8 March 2024

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • IBM and C-DAC's collaboration aims to accelerate high-performance computing (HPC) in India, focusing on processor design, firmware development, and application creation.

  • The partnership promotes IBM's Power processor for HPC applications across startups, MSMEs, research organizations, and academic institutions.

  • Through the HPC working group, the collaboration seeks to foster competency, innovation, and ecosystem development in HPC design research, contributing to India's digital transformation and economic growth.

IBM, a global leader in hybrid cloud and AI solutions, has joined forces with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), backed by the Ministry for Electronics and IT, to propel high-performance computing (HPC) in India. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between these entities marks a significant milestone towards fostering growth within India's developer community. With a keen focus on processor and system design, firmware development, and application creation, including contributions to open-source initiatives, this collaboration aims to invigorate India's technological landscape.


One of the key objectives outlined in the MoU is the promotion of IBM's Power processor for HPC applications across various sectors, including startups, MSMEs, research organizations, and academic institutions. Through the establishment of an HPC working group, IBM and C-DAC seek to bolster competency and ecosystem building in HPC design research, spanning the entire technology stack for processor development. This initiative will encompass guiding startups and companies, supporting co-development and innovation efforts, and conducting capacity-building workshops and design reviews for implementation partners.


Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Electronics & IT, and Jal Shakti, emphasized the transformative potential of semiconductor technology in reshaping industries. Chandrasekhar outlined India's vision to become a semiconductor hub, focusing not only on manufacturing but also on chip and IP design across various sectors. He highlighted the strategic importance of RISC V and IBM's Power architectures in this endeavor, envisioning them as the foundation for numerous applications, including microprocessors and IoT devices.


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Sandip Patel, Managing Director of IBM India & South Asia, underscored the growing demand for HPC solutions, particularly in light of accelerating AI adoption. Recognizing the pivotal role of HPC in powering data-intensive workloads, Patel emphasized the need for sufficient resources and skills to propel India's leadership in this domain. The collaboration between IBM and C-DAC aims to create an enabling environment conducive to fostering indigenous processor development, thereby advancing India's digital transformation and economic growth.


The collaboration between IBM and C-DAC extends beyond mere partnership; it represents a strategic initiative aimed at propelling India's technological prowess on the global stage. By harnessing the capabilities of IBM's Power architecture and leveraging C-DAC's expertise, the HPC working group endeavors to accelerate innovation and competency development within India's burgeoning tech ecosystem. Through knowledge sharing and rapid learning, indigenous developers in the HPC space are poised for success, paving the way for groundbreaking advancements in processor design and system architecture.


In conclusion, the collaboration between IBM and C-DAC heralds a new era of technological innovation in India, driven by a shared commitment to excellence and advancement. As the nation strides towards becoming a semiconductor powerhouse, initiatives such as this underscore the importance of collaboration, skill development, and ecosystem building in realizing India's digital aspirations. With HPC poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of technology, the collaborative efforts of IBM and C-DAC promise to propel India to the forefront of global innovation.


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