C-DAC is first off the block to make desi chip
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Premier electronics research organisation, the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), is designing exascale computing systems as well as India’s first chip, in a bid to develop homegrown solutions for a range of applications.
Exascale computing refers to computing systems with a capability of one exaflops, or one billion billion calculations per second. In comparison, the fastest supercomputer in the world has a computing power of 143.5 petaflops, or one thousand million million calculations per second.
C-DAC is also working on a range of processors for image processing and smart energy meters, apart from developing India’s first 64-bit quad-core microprocessor.
It is also designing systems and applications in five core areas, including artificial intelligence, language computing, internet of everything (a concept where any digital device is connected to the internet), and secure computing.
In language computing, C-DAC will soon launch a speech-to-speech translation project that will translate English into other Indian languages. Over time, this will be expanded to translations within Indian languages.
Over the last few months, C-DAC has also developed a range of applications that use emerging technologies, including blockchain.
“We have created our own distributed ledger technology which we’re currently using for a land records project in Andhra Pradesh. This would also be useful in defence and strategic applications where security is important,” said Darbari.
Another project deals with the use of wireless sensors to send personalised tips such as information on pests, plant disease and irrigation schedules, to farmers.
Source: ET Tech