‘TechConclave 2019’ begins at C-DAC

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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Director General, C-DAC Hemant said, “”C-DAC has attained a vantage position in the area of ICTE through its applied pioneering research in the last three decades in various domains, which includes high impact initiatives such as National Supercomputing Mission (NSM),"

PUNE: “Exascale Computers will definitely help India to scale new heights in technology and other fields,” said Padmabhushan Dr Vijay Bhatkar while interacting with the media here on the occasion of the inauguration of two day ‘TechConclave 2019’ which began at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) on Thursday.

He highlighted that the future of high-performance computing lies in Exascale Computing. “From ancient times, India has been an agro-based economy, we were predominantly called agricultural country, today with the rise of Information Technology (IT) we are being called as Agroknowledge-based economy, I am happy to share that from agricultural economy to knowledge-based economy, C-DAC has played a vital role in this transformation. Income from IT sector was 8 to 9 per cent of the GDP. Now, because of this transformation in technology, the income has reached 18 to 20 per cent of GDP.”

TechConclave2019 will see the emerging areas of Advanced Computing with major thrust on Exascale Computing, Microprocessor and Quantum Computing, AI & Language Computing, IoE and Dependable and Secure Computing and Next Generation Applied Computing. 

The function was inaugurated by Dr Vijay P Bhatkar (Chairman, C-DAC Technical Advisory Committee). Also present were Dr Hemant Darbari (Director General, C-DAC), Colonel Asheet Kumar Nath (Retd) (Executive Director, C-DAC Pune).

Director General, C-DAC Hemant said, “”C-DAC has attained a vantage position in the area of ICTE through its applied pioneering research in the last three decades in various domains, which includes high impact initiatives such as National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), Mission for Developing Digitally Inclusive and Smart Community (DISC) with focus on Agriculture, Health and Education, Language Technology Applications including Machine Translation, Cross Lingual Information Access, Speech Technology, Professional Electronics Technologies like Microcontroller & DSP, Strategic Electronics, Wireless & Broadband and Agriculture & Medical Electronics, Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics including End System Security, SCADA & Network Security, Cryptanalysis, Steganography and Computer & Cloud Forensics applications and major Bio-Informatics applications including Cancer Research using Artificial Intelligence are a few to mention.

Some other tenacious endeavours translated into high impact initiatives are National Supercomputing Mission, Centre for Excellence in Cyber Forensics, Health Information Solutions, MANTRA-RajyaSabha and National Virtual Library of India (NVLI). PARAM Shavak- Supercomputing-in-a-box has proved to be a revolutionary game-changer in creation of HPC culture in academia and scientific community alike; e-Sign Online Digital Signing Service has been adopted by various Government and private agencies, Mobile Seva has integrated more than 4,000 Government departments; PANOROMA has enabled GIS-based visualization and forecast for the maritime sector; roll out of citizen-centric E-services for Election Commission of India; transparent automated process for EPFO and development of indigenous microprocessor through the Microprocessor Development Program (MDP) and implementation of trailblazing National Emergency Response System have evoked unprecedented response across the country,” he said. 

Colonel Asheet Kumar Nath (Retd) (Executive Director, C-DAC Pune) said at the event, “C-DAC has the huge reservoir of qualified manpower spanning across a vast spectrum of multidisciplinary areas devoted to the development of products and technologies addressing our country’s governance, defence and industrial concerns. These areas being often non monopolistic products have to be developed in competition with international commercial players incorporating better technical specifications at lower costs and higher reliability.”

REPUTATION
C-DAC has become synonymous with supercomputers. CDAC means any computing environment which makes use of advanced tools, high computational speeds and efficiency to support researchers in different fields.

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