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India's Tata Group plans supercomputer venture

Posted: 10 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:K.C. Krishnadas? Tata Group? supercomputers?

The Tata Group reportedly will invest about $140 million to float a company that will design and develop supercomputers.

The Hindu Business Line reported last week that the company's first project will be to build a machine based on a parallel-supercomputing architecture developed by renowned computer scientist Narendra Krishna Karmakar. The company will be based in Pune, which is also the headquarters city for the Indian government-owned Center for Development of Advanced Computing.

"We are supporting a program for developing homegrown high-performance computing solutions. We believe this is an issue of national interest," the report quoted a group spokesperson as saying.

Karmakar's architecture uses a new theory of interconnects based on the mathematical principles of projective geometry to overcome the bottleneck caused by the interconnects linking parallel processors, according to the report. The architecture will be implemented using a high-speed switching chip devised in Israel. The machine reportedly will use off-the-shelf 64bit Itanium processors.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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