November 17, 2011
PUNE, India, Nov. 17 -- The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), India launched the "India – Armenia Center of Excellence in Information and Communication Technology" at Yerevan, Armenia, on November 7, 2011. The opening ceremony of Indian-Armenian Center for Excellence in ICT was held at Yerevan State University in Indian tradition by lightning of the lamp jointly by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of Armenia Mr. Tigran Sargsyan and Shri. Sachin Pilot, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications and IT, Govt of India. The opening of the Center of Excellence was graced by top-ranked government officials from the two countries, senior officials of leading ICT companies, and representatives of international organizations.
In his opening speech, Prime Minister Sargsyan said that that the center "will give fresh impetus to IT research and educational programs." He said that the center's teachers were trained in India and explored new methods being used in the sector. The center has been equipped with the PARAM supercomputer. It will give a rare opportunity for the center to carry out new research work. Research in the center is expected to focus on 20 directions.
Shri Sachin Pilot, Hon,ble Minister of State for IT expressed that "India is ready to share its 20-year experience in the IT sector with Armenia. Our assistance to Armenia will be not in the financial form, but in the form of scientific potential."
The Center of Excellence is joint initiative between Govt of India and Govt of Armenia and is implemented by the Enterprise Incubator Foundation, Yerevan and C-DAC to establish a specialized infrastructure for delivery of ICT-related training and R&D programs.
During a briefing, Mr Tigran Davtyan, Hon'ble Minister of Economy, Govt of Armenia and Shri Sachin Pilot, Hon,ble Minister of State for Communications and IT, Govt of India stated that the Indian and Armenian governments have allocated above USD 200 million towards the establishment of the center.
The center's objective is to expand cooperation in the field of information technologies, create a special climate for ICT professional education and conduct scientific research work in the sphere and to leverage opportunities presented by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to achieve social and economic development.
The center of excellence is equipped with C-DAC's PARAM supercomputer, which is unique for the South Caucasus region. The facility is operational with state of the art R&D lab to carry out research activities on PARAM supercomputer. The supercomputer installed at Yerevan State University has low latency interconnects, storage back-up and archival system, C-DAC indigenously developed CHReME HPC portal. It also has the applications ported in scientific areas like, Weather Forecasting, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Bioinformatics, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Oceanography etc.
A specially articulated Scientists Exchange Program is a part of this project in which the researchers of the two countries can make effective use of information and communication technology for meaningful purposes and share their knowledge in High Performance Computing arena.
It is also envisaged that the researchers may get access to the PARAM Yuva Supercomputer housed at Pune to run large scale applications requiring larger datasets.
The Center will offer short and long-term certified training in various IT related areas as well as carry out high-end R&D activities on C-DAC's PARAM supercomputer.
Addressing the media, Dr. Hemant Darbari, executive director C-DAC, said that the "center will seek to deepen bilateral cooperation in the IT industry and promote the involvement of world-class IT workforce in India and Armenia in joint research projects to mutually benefit both nations." He also thanked the MEA for selecting C-DAC as an implementing agency for international collaboration projects.
Shri Goldi Misra, group coordinator and head, HPC Solutions Group, C-DAC, said, "The center of excellence was architected to play an integral and vital role as part of the research & development activities, educational arena to continuously empower scientific & research community and IT professionals -- by crafting IT skills development programs, fostering entrepreneurship, and promoting IT innovation and ICT business acceleration."
Source: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing
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