CDAC Training and CDAC Courses
History of CDAC
In 1987, the government of India asked the U.S. for a super computer (called CRAY) for conducting high end research. However, the U.S. refused to sell it to India, fearing that India would also use it for military purpose. India then started its own research institute called Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC or CDAC) at Pune. When it was established, the main aim of CDAC was to produce a super computer. The Indian scientists worked in collaboration with their Russian counterparts to build such a super computer with the exact budget that the government had allotted to purchase CRAY.
The scientists at CDAC were successful in their mission. PARAM, India’s indigenous answer to the super computer from U.S. was developed in 1991. In fact, PARAM from C-DAC was hailed as the second fastest computer in an international show, just behind the U.S.
Since that time, there is no looking back for C-DAC. Today, the premier Institute keeps on developing more and more advanced super computers. The latest in CDAC’s repertoire is PARAM Yuva II, a high performance computing cluster that is latest and fastest in the ARAM series. It is housed at the University of Pune. It has achieved a speed of 532 Teraflops. It will be used for research in various fields like astronomy, geographical data interpretation, pharma, aeronautical engineering and bioinformatics.
In November 2014, CDAC has announced that it is working on the fastest supercomputer ever built, which is set to work at a speed of 132 Exaflops.
Not one to rest on its laurels, CDAC also ventured into pushing the envelope of its service offerings. Currently, CDAC is active in the fields of high performance computing, grid and cloud computing, multilingual computing and heritage computing, Electronics, VLSI and embedded systems, software, cyber security and health informatics.
Starting with Pune, CDAC has now established several centres in India and abroad. Apart from the flagship Pune centre, CDAC currently has presence in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Silchar and Thiruvananthpuram in India.
CDAC Courses and CDAC Training
One of the most important sectors that CDAC has forayed into successfully is the education and training field. The training courses offered by CDAC are targeted at providing high quality skilled manpower in the field of Electronics and Information Communication Technology. Starting with about 20 students a year about 20 years back CDAC today provides quality education to more than 6000 students per year.
CDAC Authorized Training Centres
CDAC is famous for imparting quality education to students. From first tier cities like Pune to rural areas of India and even abroad, the various training courses it offers are in demand with students and professionals alike. The government too is keen on spreading computer literacy to more and more people in India. Since it is not feasible for CDAC to open centres in all cities / villages, it has tie ups with reputed training institutes in Pune and other cities. These authorized training centres (ATCs) offer the same level of excellence as CDAC, making it convenient for students to get quality training at a location near them. Needless to say, CDAC closely scrutinizes all these centres for the quality of their training staff, their facilities and their infrastructure. Pune has a few authorized CDAC centres, and of course other places have them too.
CDAC offers the following courses through its own centre and these ATCs:
• Various Post Graduate Diploma Programmes
• Formal Education Programmes
• Faculty Development Programmes
• Corporate Training Programmes
• Education Technologies
All the educational and training courses that CDAC offers are intended to cater to the industrial needs of India. Candidates who successfully complete CDAC courses have an edge in the selection process.