Atos, C-DAC to collaborate on quantum computing, AI

Atos and C-DAC sign cooperation agreement for advancement in computing in India

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Tech firm Atos on Monday said it has signed a cooperation agreement with C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) for technology advancement in quantum computing, artificial intelligence and exascale computing.

The partnership encompasses creation of a 'Quantum Computing Experience Centre' at C-DAC's headquarters in Pune, a statement said. It aims to bring together users from academic, scientific, research and industry to rapidly acquire skills and develop further expertise in the field of quantum computing with the support from the Government of India, it added.

The centre will enable advance study of applications of quantum theory, thereby creating new technologies and platforms for information security, connectivity and computing, it said.

Set up in 1988 under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) as a premier R&D organization, C-DAC has been carrying out R&D activities in IT, Electronics and associated areas.

Though originally established to built Supercomputers in the backdrop of denial of import of Supercomputers by USA, different areas of C-DAC emerged at different times, many of which came out as a result of identification of opportunities.

Dr Hemant Darbari, the founder member and director general of C-DAC, is spearheading the C-DAC mission mode Programs on quantum computing and AI.

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with over 110,000 employees, having operations in 73 countries with annual revenue of over $12.21 billion.

With Atos vast technical expertise in Artificial Intelligence domain, this cooperation agreement outlines the way Atos and C-DAC could jointly work on technology development AI projects—including using AI to enhance the efficiency of HPC systems; running AI workloads on HPC systems and creating an ecosystem of AI devices dedicated to accelerating or concentrating inference execution near the edge.

“Building on our position as the leading technology provider globally for Supercomputing, AI, Quantum Computing and others, this agreement is a significant step forward in our strategic relationship,” said Pierre Barnabé, SEVP, Head of Big Data & Security at Atos.

(With inputs from PTI)