Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tata’s EKA will usher a new computer revolution

A month ago world was surprised by Tata’s EKA - the world’s fourth fastest super computer built by Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) ), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons.
For the first time in the world, a private company which has no experience in building computers - let alone high performance computers(HPC), has ever build such a computer. The story of EKA’s development will be good innovation casestudy.

"CRL's supercomputer, EKA, has put India at the forefront of high performance and supercomputing technology globally. EKA gives us the ability to address applications in multiple disciplines including software development and research," said S Ramadorai, chairman of CRL and CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services. "The successful launch of the supercomputer has been driven by an exemplary team at CRL working collaboratively with scientists across the Tata Group."

Tata Industries have always demonstrated their risk taking abilities and their vision for the future. With EKA, Tata’s have heralded a begining in the era of super computing for the masses. EKA can provide an ideal platform for Tata Consulting Services (TCS) to offer high performance computing services - The opportunities in this space is estimated to be about $31 billion. EKA opens the doors for TCS to offer a wide range of services in terms of:

  • HPC consulting, (HPC - High Performance Computing)

  • HPC Software development,

  • Outsourced Product development

  • Data center management,

  • Remote Infrastructure management

  • Grid Computing or Offer computing power as an utility

  • Build, sell & maintain super computers for other agencies.

Having demonstrated such a spectacular success, Tata’s should now capitalize on it. India can become a center for offering super computing services.

IBM, Google, Yahoo, Amazon and few others are contemplating on offering Grid computing, TCS or Tata’s can join them in doing the same by selling computer power to corporations, R&D labs and government agencies all over the world.

Selling massive amounts of computing power is made feasible by Tata’s VSNL, a long distance telecom company, that is built the largest undersea fiberoptic network - to carry all the needed bandwidth.

This is just the begining of Indian Innovation powers. Indian Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be the key driver of the global economy in the 21st century.
Congrats & Thankyou to all the team members who developed EKA.

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