France’s Atos signs 3-year agreement with C-DAC
France’s Atos, global leader in digital transformation, signs 3-year agreement with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, to support the Indian government’s National Supercomputing Mission.
New Delhi, 15 December 2018
The Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC) and Atos, global leader in digital transformation based in France, today signed a three-year industrial agreement for designing, building and installing the BullSequana, its high-performance supercomputers, in India.
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of H.E. Mr Jean Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary - Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Dr Hemant Darbari, Director General of C-DAC, and Mr Pierre Barnabé, Chief Operating Officer - Big Data & Security, Atos.
This agreement has been awarded to Atos under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), a scheme of Rs.4500 crores ( €550 M / $650 M) spread over seven years, aimed at creating a network of over 70 high-performance supercomputing facilities for various academic and research institutions across India. This agreement is of especial importance as Atos has thus become India’s preferred industrial partner in a highly strategic field.
This industrial alliance falls fully under the close relations and strategic partnership between the two countries, which already cooperate, among others, in the sectors of space, civilian nuclear energy, defence and counter-terrorism.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jean Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, stated: “Today we have sealed an industrial alliance that contributes to strengthening our strategic partnership as our two countries will be involved in together building a supercomputer grid, which is vital today for a variety of fields, such as energy transition, mobility, artificial intelligence, defence, research and development. We share more than just interests with India: democratic values, which are the sole guarantee in the future that these digital technologies will be used for the welfare of humanity.”
Pierre Barnabé, Chief Operating Officer - Big Data & Security at Atos, said: “We are delighted to support India in its desire to be a leader in High Performance Computing (HPC), and become C-DAC’s technology partner for HPC-related platforms. As a global leader, already established in India, we are proud to bring our experience and expertise in HPC to enable Indian academic and research institutions to accelerate their research. Apart from supplying supercomputers under the ‘Make in India’ programme, this partnership will usher in cooperation in numerous emerging domains, such as exascale computing, artificial intelligence and quantum computing.”
Dr Hemant Darbari, Director General of C-DAC, said: “This new agreement illustrates the strategic relationship and partnership between France and India and will enable India to leapfrog to the league of world-class supercomputing power nations.”
India is one of the foremost players of the digital economy and has made this sector a key driver of its growth and development through the Digital India Programme. As India gears up to become a leader in high-performance supercomputers through its National Supercomputing Mission, this agreement enables France to contribute to the success of this project.
The delivery of BullSequana supercomputers is expected to start in early 2019.