C-DAC has a record of two decades in creating cutting-edge computer technologies.
WITH the multi-dimensional growth of Information Technology, telecommunications and the electronics industry in India, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is emerging as a multi-disciplinary, core research and development (R&D) destination for the development of advanced IT products and technologies.
Headquartered in Pune, C-DAC has its development work carried out at its 10 R&D centres in Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Noida, Mohali, Kolkata and New Delhi. The centres, along with the corporate offices in Pune and Delhi, consolidate the R&D work to enable better market reach.
Since its inception in March 1988, the institution has grown from strength to strength and leveraged its core expertise to develop its capabilities in a multitude of technology domains. Simultaneously, it has consolidated its capabilities into a brand to make C-DAC an R&D institution of national and international repute, working in advanced areas of electronics and IT and developing and deploying IT products and solutions for diverse sectors of the economy.
The coming together of the Electronics Research & Development Centres of India (ER&DCI), the National Centre for Software Technology (NCST), and the Centre for Electronic Design and Technology, India (CEDTI) at Mohali with C-DAC in 2003, thanks to the initiative of the Union Ministry of Communication and IT, has strengthened and broad-based C-DAC's capabilities and expertise.
Today, C-DAC's focus on technologies include High Performance Computing (HPC) including Scientific Modelling & Visualisation; Grid Computing; Multilingual Computing, Applied Artificial Intelligence and Speech Processing; Software Technologies including Open Source Software; e-governance and ICT for Digital Divide; technologies in Electronics; Real Time Systems, Embedded Systems; Digital/Broadband and Wireless Networks; Health Informatics; Cyber Security and Education and Training (including e-learning).
While building its capabilities in promising enabling technologies, C-DAC has also demonstrated its capabilities to implement end-to-end solutions in various verticals of economic and social sectors. The key sectors addressed by C-DAC are science and engineering, finance, health care, power, steel, agriculture, industrial controls, broadcasting, education and e-governance.
The quest for creating Intellectual Property (IP) in emerging/enabling technology areas has led C-DAC to develop products, deploy applications and build up associated infrastructure development and knowledge acquisition. The focus is on reinforcing the core competencies built over the years, charting the future road map, tapping opportunities for product development and finding ways and means to take them to the market, keeping in view investments that will be made in infrastructure and the evolving standards.
Digvijay Gohain is Senior Executive, Corporate Communications, C-DAC, Pune.