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Centre for Development of Advanced Computing
Mottoज्ञानादेव तु कैवल्यम् (Sanskrit)
Only through knowledge one attains liberation (English translated)
Established1988; 31 years ago
Field of research
High Performance Computing, Multi-lingual Computing and Heritage Computing, Professional Electronics, Software Technologies, Cyber Security, Blockchain, Data Science, Health Informatics
DirectorMagesh Ethirajan,[1]
Director General
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.[2]


Further information: Supercomputing in India and PARAM

C-DAC was created in November 1987,[3] initially as the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing Technology (C-DACT).[4][3] In 1988, the US Government refused to sell India a Cray supercomputer due to concerns about India using it to develop nuclear weapons.[5] In response India started development of its own supercomputer, and C-DACT was created as part of this programme.[6][7]

Dr Vijay Bhatkar was hired as the director of C-DACT.[7] 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.[7]

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.[7][8]

The final result of the effort was the PARAM 8000, released in 1991.[9]

The National Centre for Software Technology (NCST), Electronic Research and Development Centre (ER&DC) and CEDTI were merged into C-DAC in 2003.[10][11]

Research activities

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


C-DAC branches and training centres include:[12]

Education and training

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 programmes through the Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS) located all over India.[14] 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][16][17][18]

Products and developments

Notable researchers and alumnus

Notable awards and accolades

Other projects

See also


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