New Delhi: Celebrating Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, released the national blockchain strategy on December 3, 2021.
The strategy document aims to create trusted digital platforms through a shared Blockchain infrastructure; promote research and development, innovation, technology and application development; and facilitate the delivery of cutting-edge, transparent, secure and reliable digital services to citizens and businesses, thereby making India a global leader in Blockchain technology.
Blockchain is a suitable technology for e-governance solutions and other fields, helping to build trust in digital platforms. Blockchain provides the required security and privacy and only allows trusted entities with privileges to register and access details responsibly.
The National Blockchain Strategy was formulated by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) of the Government of India with the aim of creating trusted digital platforms through a shared Blockchain infrastructure; promote research and development, innovation, technology and application development; and facilitate the delivery of cutting-edge, transparent, secure and reliable digital services to citizens and businesses.
This strategic document presents a global vision of the development and implementation strategies of a national blockchain platform covering the technology stack, legal and regulatory framework, standards development, collaboration, human resource development. and potential use cases. It is envisioned that this strategic document will provide the necessary guidance and support to realize the vision and create a national ecosystem for the establishment of the national blockchain platform and the development of relevant applications using this platform in various fields.
The Minister also launched India’s first indigenous server, RUDRA, developed by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) as part of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) supported by MeiTY and DST.
This is a step forward towards achieving self-sufficiency goals in supercomputing towards the Indian government‘s national initiative of AatmanirbharBharat.
Rudra Server, a result of the NSM Phase-3 deliverable which aims to design and manufacture supercomputers in India, is secure, reliable, dual-socket based on the current generation of Intel Xcon Scalable Processor technology and supports accelerated computing. It is a dense form factor server with a centralized half-width 1U and 2U power supply with a computing power ranging from 3.6 T1 to 34 IT. It is ready to demonstrate India’s competence to design, develop, build and deliver according to the nation’s multidisciplinary computing needs, and has critical strategic and national significance. A wide range of industries including HPC systems, large scale data centers, advanced computing, banking and commerce, manufacturing, oil and gas industry, healthcare, education, entertainment industry, defense and national security, will benefit immensely from the locally built server. The server design can be used for the manufacture of conventional stand-alone commercial servers and also as the building blocks for the construction of large supercomputer systems with tens of petaflops of compute performance. It aims to improve energy efficiency, density and architectural characteristics to meet the requirements of the national mission. Native direct liquid cooling technology is being explored to be included in the design for better cooling and energy efficiency. C-DAC works with technology partners Intel and NVIDIA, and manufacturing partner ATOS.
The highlight and long-awaited moment for all startups and students was their interaction with the Minister of State of the Union – MeITY / MSDE, Rajeev Chandrasekhar. The Minister spent quality time interacting and understanding the different solutions imagined by the participants of the Swadeshi Microprocessor challenge. He also announced the top 10 winning teams of the – Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge to give new impetus to the strong ecosystem of start-ups, innovation and research in the country. He further assured them of the full support of the Ministry of Electronics and Informatics and qualified them as partners in the scripting of India’s journey to a leader in the field of systems design and manufacturing. electronics and semiconductors.
The challenge was announced last year in August to promote innovation around the local computer system, continuing the government’s efforts to position India among the few selected countries, which have full control over chip technology.
Under the aegis of the Microprocessor Development Program of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), a duo of locally developed processors were developed from scratch using an open source architecture , called SHAKTI processor by IIT Madras and VEGA processor by C-DAC.
The design, development and manufacture of these state-of-the-art processor variants in foundries in the country and abroad is a successful step towards moving to the ultimate goal of a dynamic ecosystem of design and production. manufacture of electronic systems in the country. concrete steps towards the achievement of the ambition of self-sufficiency and a major advance towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, this initiative aims to meet the future needs of India in strategic and industrial sectors and, above all, to reduce dependence
Driven by the vision of the Honorable Prime Minister who gives impetus to AatmaNirbhar Bharat and who is Vocal for Local, achieving autonomy in computer designs is emerging as the priority area for the government. It is one of the pillars of the “Digital India” program and the “Make in India” initiatives.
Open to students of all levels and to startups, the “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge” is part of the series of graduated measures taken by MeitY to stimulate the country’s technological innovation ecosystem and stay at the forefront of digital adoption. The challenge required candidates not only to tinker with these Swadeshi CPU IPs and help them innovate in frugal solutions for the needs of society, but also to make the entire local ecosystem around Swadeshi CPUs available. to develop complex designs meeting global and national requirements. in the near future.
Shortly after the launch of the Challenge, 6,200 teams (comprising 1,000 members) of start-ups and students, including 517 teams of start-ups, 3,566 teams of educational institutions and 2,000 teams of other innovators, agreed to participate and demonstrate their willingness to contribute to the overall mission of the government of #AtmaaNirbhar Bharat by adopting Swadeshi technologies.
Candidates for the challenge were offered by MeitY a host of technological advantages and resources which includes not only 5 sets of training opportunities and regular technical advice from top processor designers at IIT Madras and C-DAC, but also financial support to the tune of Rs. 4.40 crore at different stages of the Challenge to develop the hardware prototype and incubate the start-up.
The challenge, 15 months after the launch date, now culminates with the announcement of the top 10 teams, winning the final, which will secure the seed fund worth Rs 2.30 crore and support for the 12-month incubation, and above all, an opportunity to translate their innovations around Swadeshi processors, present them on a higher audience platform and facilitate them to move from ideation to market.