C-DAC to Make India's HPC SoC with Socionext, MosChip

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has partnered with MosChip® Technologies and Socionext for the design and development of a High-Performance Computing (HPC) processor SoC. Specifically, the SoC is based on the Arm® architecture and built on TSMC 5nm technology node.

Deploy Supercomputing Technology in India

C-DAC is the premier R&D organization of India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), for carrying out R&D in IT, electronics and associated areas. The establishment of C-DAC aims to develop and deploy a state-of-the-art supercomputing technology in India.

The National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), funded by MeitY and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), was launched to make India one of the leaders in supercomputing. Also, it aims to enhance India’s capability in solving problems of national and global relevance. As part of this, C-DAC is developing and deploying HPC systems at leading R&D and academic institutions across the country.

Also, C-DAC is working towards complete indigenization of supercomputing technology. Towards this, it has developed indigenous compute node RUDRA, Trinetra-Interconnect and System Software stack. Further for complete indigenization of HPC system development, it is designing an indigenous HPC Processor AUM.

Specifically, Keenheads Technologies, an Indian startup, has been engaged by C-DAC as Program Management Consultant (PMC) for the project.  

CDAC partners with MosChip and Socionext on a high-performance computing chip.

Collaboration in HPC Processor AUM

Along this line, C-DAC is collaborating with the consortium of MosChip Technologies, India and Socionext for the design & development of this indigenous HPC Processor AUM. Specifically, it is based on the high-performance Arm Neoverse™ V2 CPU platform and incorporates advanced packaging technology. Also, this approach allows them to retain ownership of unique differentiators, providing a significant competitive edge.

“MeitY’s strategic policies have been instrumental in the growth of the National Supercomputing Mission. We have achieved significant milestones, including the installation of advanced supercomputers, enhancements in computational capabilities, and breakthroughs in research.”

“Our indigenization efforts have reached more than 50% with server nodes, interconnects, and system software stack. Now for complete indigenization, we are aiming to develop indigenous HPC Processor AUM. Government of India and MeitY are committed to driving India towards a technologically sovereign advanced future, harnessing supercomputing for national development and global leadership”, said Shri S. Krishnan, Secretary, MeitY.

“Today’s announcement is a significant achievement in chip design. It demonstrates India’s capability in indigenous development in the field of high-performance computing. These ventures in consortia mode in partnership with industry are the need of the hour” said Dr. Praveen Kumar S, Head of Scientific Divisions (HOD) Department of Science and Technology.

“The collaboration between C-DAC and MosChip & Socionext to develop cutting-edge HPC processor. This is designed to meet the evolving demands of High-Performance-Computing and related applications, exemplifies the growing synergy between R&D and Industry,” said Shri E Magesh, Director General, C-DAC.

“This joint effort marks a significant milestone in technological advancement, leveraging C-DACʼs expertise in Supercomputing technology and MosChipʼs and Socionextʼs capabilities in semiconductor design and manufacturing. The collaboration aims to design, develop and produce indigenous HPC processor that not only meets global standards but also propels India to the forefront in supercomputing arena. This collaboration is also a significant step forward in our efforts to bolster India’s position in the global semiconductor landscape.”, said Shri E Magesh.

“We are honoured and excited to join forces with C-DAC and MeitY on this pioneering project to design and develop a HPC Processor SoC in TSMC 5nm node. This collaboration leverages our cutting-edge silicon design expertise and underscores our commitment to strengthening India’s technological prowess. Our team of silicon and system design experts ensure that we deliver solutions that meet the highest standards of performance and reliability. We are committed to supporting C-DAC and MeitY in their goal of making India one of the world leaders in Supercomputing,” said Shri Srinivasa Rao Kakumanu, Managing Director and CEO, of MosChip Technologies.

“Socionext is pleased to collaborate with C-DAC and MosChip in the development of HPC Processor AUM, in support of Indiaʼs indigenous Supercomputing Infrastructure and ecosystem, supporting a range of applications of national interest,” stated Shri Hisato Yoshida, Deputy President, Head of Solution SoC R&D, and Global Development Group at Socionext. “The combined expertise of C-DAC, MosChip and Socionext in advanced Supercomputing technology and Silicon developments will yield a remarkable indigenous HPC SoC, delivering an exceptional energy efficient high-performance processor to propel India’s national supercomputing mission to new heights.”

“We are proud to be part of C-DACʼs efforts in advancing Indiaʼs HPC capabilities,” said Guru Ganesan, President, Arm-India. “Arm Neoverse V2 is playing a pivotal role in transforming data centers and will deliver the scalable, efficient computing needed to meet the goals set forth by Indiaʼs National Supercomputing Mission.”

-04 July 2024-