The government has decided to offer the industry and the world the technology of its native “Rudra I” server, which is one of the sub-assemblies required for a supercomputer. This major step aims to reach Rudra I’s “true market potential”.
The Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) designed and developed the Rudra I server in light of its efforts to create a supercomputer.
C-DAC recently entered into an agreement with a company to manufacture 7,000 Rudra I servers as part of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) for various universities and world-class research institutions funded by the Government of India.
The government now wants to license Rudra I Server (ToT) technology to companies who can assemble, manufacture and sell it in the market, including the global market, at competitive prices, according to a document reviewed by News18. “The market for servers is very large beyond NSM projects,” says the document. It says this will help “reach the true market potential of the Rudra I server’s mature technology” and expand it beyond NSM projects.
WHY WOULD THE INDUSTRY WANT RUDRA I?
The document states that a fully native server like Rudra I, designed, developed and manufactured with trusted security, will have “extraordinarily greater acceptance and advantage in security-conscious environments and organizations.” With the government’s aggressive push to fully digitize transactions and services, the demand for data centers and hyper-converged infrastructures will grow exponentially. C-DAC also promises a solid business continuity plan for Rudra series servers.
It is planned to implement the technology transfer of Rudra I Server, focusing on making it available to Indian industry, users and society at large in the form of a finished product at competitive prices. The priority is to ensure that no infringement of intellectual property rights is caused by any party and that the commercial interests of all parties involved are properly taken into account, the document said. The government’s performance-based incentive program will further help spread Rudra I technology across India’s manufacturing ecosystem, with policy prioritizing Make-in India servers in public procurement.
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The government cites a commissioned survey indicating high growth, saying that the Indian market for servers reached $1,195 million in 2021, while Indian white-box servers accounted for 19.2 % of the total server market in India. reach a value of 229.5 million US dollars. The focus is therefore also on white-box Rudra servers, which are already attracting significant investments.
THE NATIONAL SUPERCOMPUTING MISSION
C-DAC has led India’s efforts to develop and deploy various generations of PARAM series supercomputers in India and abroad with the goal of becoming self-sufficient in supercomputing. A native build approach is used in the design and manufacture of nearly all sub-assemblies that go into the manufacture of these supercomputers, including the Rudra I computer server. A Rudra based system is working and operational at C-DAC and is displayed as a technology demonstrator.
The government believes that many sectors, including high-performance computing systems, hyperscale data centers, edge computing, banking and commerce, manufacturing, oil and gas, and healthcare, can benefit from the Rudra I server.
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