Dated November 26, 1999
The Hindu, Chennai
The Centre for Development
of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),
a Union Government organization, plans to work with
the Anna University in Chennai, in select areas of activity
concerning information technology (IT). Though the specifics
of cooperative venture are yet to be worked out, the
two institutions, during their preliminary discussions
in the last three months, have come to an understanding
to exchange their resources mutually.
Disclosing this to
the group of Chennai-based newsmen who were in Pune
last week, Shri. R.K. Arora, C-DAC's Executive Director,
said Anna University would provide infrastructure to
the Centre to set up a parallel computing laboratory,
which could be used by several departments in the varsity
such as civil engineering and statistics.
Credits would be offered
to the Anna University's PG students who completed the
PG-diploma courses of C-DAC. Besides, the Central organization
would arrange workshops or seminars on multimedia designs.
Shri. Arora said the
discussions were held with the vice-chancellor, Dr.
A. Kalanidhi, and an agreement was expected to be signed
in a month or two. Already, C-DAC had a tie-up with
the Vishveswaraya Technology University in Karnataka
under which the former organized courses for students
in seven colleges affiliated to the University. C-DAC
was set up in March 1988, as a scientific society under
the Department of Electronics (now called the Department
of Information Technology) for the development of
indigenous supercomputing technology. Its objective
was to deliver state-of-the-art, open architecture,
scalable, high-performance computers in the desktop
to teraflop range. So far, C-DAC launched six different
models in the PARAM series of high performance computers
which includes the most powerful one, PARAM
10000, having a processing power of more than 100
Giga Floating Point operations.
Shri. Arora said C-DAC
was developing the next generation high
performance computing and communication technologies and applications, whose prototype would be ready by
March next year. Besides, a National PARAM Supercomputing
Facility (NPSF), Applications
Development Programme and Office Infrastructure
enhancement and collaborative initiative would be the
other areas to be covered. In order to meet the training
needs of the existing and prospective users of IT and
advanced computing, C-DAC had established the Advanced
Computing Training School (ACTS)
and a nationwide network of authorized training centres.
At present Tamil Nadu had three such centres, two of
which were in Chennai.
By T. Ramakrishnan