India has huge potential to lead in Artificial Intelligence (AI) globally. Its highly skilled AI workforce and AI-powered startup ecosystem in the last few years have amazed the world. It has around US$ 6.4 billion AI-ready market. To support this technological quest, C-DAC, Pune has developed India’s first AI supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’. This year, it has made its place in the Top 500 list of supercomputers while securing the 75th rank. The list has been declared at the International Supercomputing Conference 2023 in Germany.
The recognition is testimony to India’s rising AI capabilities worldwide and will nurture the Prime Minister of India’s vision to develop India as an AI hub with the motto of “AI FOR ALL” under the National Program on AI (NPAI) launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.
AI is the leading technology in the present digital era. With the availability of large volume data, strong penetration of the digital economy, and a technically skilled workforce, India has the potential to leverage the power of AI to achieve inclusion and innovation for its social canvas.
The strong presence of AI with an applied focus on Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Pattern Recognition, Medical Imaging, etc has promised prospects in the strategic areas of the Indian economy. AIRAWAT is working as a true technology enabler to fulfill the computational needs of India’s AI programs currently.
This larger supercomputer is contributing to accelerating innovation through research in the field of Science & Technology. It has encouraged entrepreneurs and startups to find and develop AI-powered solutions for in-house socio-economic upgrades. AIRAWAT taking place in the global Top 100 supercomputer ranking signify the success of the Atmanirbhar Bharat program in the area of technology.
This state-of-the-art technology has received its due recognition through this ranking while serving India at a nominal cost and empowering the Industry, Research & Development, and Academia alike with developing AI-powered products, services, or solutions over time to solve complex real-life problems. This has been developed by C-DAC on a scalable architectural infrastructure to support a common computational cloud platform and show the world, the growth prospects of AI in India.