Centre for Development of Advanced Computing

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Coordinates: 18°33′06″N 73°49′26″E / 18.551747°N 73.823750°E / 18.551747; 73.823750

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing
C-DAC Logo
Established1988; 31 years ago
Field of research
High Performance Computing, Multi-lingual Computing and Heritage Computing, Professional Electronics, Software Technologies, Health Informatics, Education
AddressPune University Campus,
Ganesh Khind,
Pune - 411 007,
Maharashtra, India
LocationPune, India (headquarters)
Operating agency
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is an Indian autonomous scientific society, operating under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.[1]


The society was created in November 1988 as the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing Technology (C-DACT).[2] [3] In 1988, the US Government refused to sell India a Cray supercomputer due to concerns about India using it to develop nuclear weapons.[4] In response, India started development of its own supercomputer and C-DAC was created as part of this programme.[5][6]

Dr Vijay Bhatkar was hired as the Director of C-DAC.[6] The project was given an initial run of three years and an initial funding of 30,00,00,000, the cost of a Cray supercomputer.[6]

A prototype computer was benchmarked at the 1990 Zurich Super-computing Show: it demonstrated that India had the second most powerful, publicly-demonstrated , supercomputer in the world after the United States.[6]

The final result of the effort was the PARAM 8000, released in 1991.[7] It is considered to be India's first supercomputer.

The National Centre for Software Technology, Electronic Research and Development Center and CEDTI were merged into C-DAC in 2003.[8][9]

Research activities[edit]

Originally established to research and assemble High Performance Computers, the research of C-DAC now includes:


C-DAC branches and training centers include:[10]

Education and training[edit]

C-DAC provides several courses in the field of advanced computing and software development. Among these are the HPC certification course- C-DAC Certified HPC Professional Certification Programme (CCHPCP).[13] C-DAC organises advanced computing diploma programs through the Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS) located all over India. The PG Diploma courses include

C-DAC has also established Centres of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) abroad under the Ministry of External Affairs' s development partnership projects.[15]

Products and developments[edit]

Notable researchers and alumnus[edit]

Notable awards and accolades[edit]

  • Manthan Award 2013 for Mobile Tele-Ophthalmology Units,[30] e-safeT,[31] ONAMA.[32]
  • Manthan Award 2012 for Interactive Museum,[33] Megh Sushrut,[34] National e-Governance Service Delivery Gateway.[35]
  • National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 2012


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "C-DAC Memorandum of Association". cdac.in/index.aspx?id=pdf_moa_16. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  2. ^ Delapierre, Michel; Zimmermann, Jean-Benoît (1989). "La nouvelle politique industrielle : le cas de l'informatique". Tiers-Monde. 30 (119): 559–576. doi:10.3406/tiers.1989.3862.
  3. ^ Sinha, P. K.; Dixit, S. P.; Mohanram, N.; Purohit, S. C.; Arora, R. K.; Ramakrishnan, S. (2004). "Current state and future trends in high performance computing and communications (HPCC) research in India". Proceedings. 10th IEEE International Workshop on Future Trends of Distributed Computing Systems, 2004: 217–220. doi:10.1109/FTDCS.2004.1316619. ISBN 0-7695-2118-5. S2CID 47348115.
  4. ^ Nolan, Janne E. (1994). Global engagement: cooperation and security in the 21st century. p. 532. ISBN 0815716729. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  5. ^ Beary, Habib (1 April 2003). "India unveils huge supercomputer". BBC News. India began developing supercomputers in the late 1980s after being refused one by the US.
  6. ^ a b c d "God, Man And Machine". Outlook Business. 1 July 1998. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  7. ^ Rajaraman, V. (1999). Super Computers (1st ed.). Universities Press. p. 75. ISBN 9788173711497. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Merger of IT R&D bodies: a sign of the times". Express Computer. 19 May 2003. Archived from the original on 12 August 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  9. ^ "New domain name registration policy soon". The Economic Times. 26 October 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  10. ^ Unless otherwise indicated, sourced from C-DAC: Contact (cdac.in)
  11. ^ "C-DAC Delhi". Cdac.in. 16 May 2013. Archived from the original on 9 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  12. ^ "C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram". Cdactvm.in. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  13. ^ a b "C-DAC launches country's first HPC certification in high performance computing". The Times of India. 8 September 2008. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2008. The certification will be called the 'C-DAC Certified HPC Professional Certification Programme' (CCHPCP) and the exam will be conducted online every quarterly, on the lines of software programming certifications. There won't be any eligibility requirements to appear for the certification, and the paper will contain objective questions.
  14. ^ "CDAC ACTS homepage". Acts.cdac.in. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) | Namibia University of Science and Technology". www.nust.na. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  16. ^ "C-DAC launches computing tools". Sakal Times. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  17. ^ "Two new software tools from C-DAC". The Times of India. 2 April 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2008. Namescape is a search engine used on a pilot-basis in the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) project of the Union government.
  18. ^ "Garuda, the nationwide computer grid, takes wing". Livemint. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  19. ^ "GARUDA". CTWatch. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  20. ^ "Darpan". CDAC. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  21. ^ "Punarjjani". CDAC. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  22. ^ https://www.research.ibm.com/irl/cdachindi.html
  23. ^ "List of Padma Shri award recipients". Government of India. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  24. ^ "Home Page of Professor Dr. Rajkumar Buyya". Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  25. ^ "Srinivasan Ramani: Innovating for India". HP Labs. February 2002. Retrieved 15 September 2011. He played a pioneering role in bringing the first Internet connection to India in the 1980s
  26. ^ "HP Labs India: Past Directors". Archived from the original on 14 October 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  27. ^ "Faculty: Mudur, Sudhir P." Concordia University. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  28. ^ "About: Management Team". Persistent Systems. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  29. ^ Geetha Manjunath. Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference. Retrieved 24 June 2021, from https://www.widsconference.org/geethamanjunath.html.
  30. ^ "Mobile Tele-Ophthalmology Units". Manthan Awards 2013
  31. ^ "e-SafeT".- Manthan Awards 2013
  32. ^ "ONAMA". - Manthan Awards 2013
  33. ^ "Interactive Museum : e-Culture and Heritage". Manthan Awards 2012
  34. ^ "Megh Sushrut : e-Health".- Manthan Awards 2013
  35. ^ "National e-Governance Service Delivery Gateway : e-Infrastructure". - Manthan Awards 2012