Ministry of electronics & information technology govt of India Secretary Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney was the chief guest
Pune, April 08, 2019: The Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) is launching five new products on its 32nd Foundation Day. Dr.Hemant Darbari, director-general, CDAC said, “We have launched five products on this auspicious day, which are MiDaaS, C-CHAKSHU, Shrutlekhan Advance for ASR & Pravachak Advance for TTS, Emergency Service Vehicle Priority System (emSerV) [C-DAC TVM], Gist Mail.” He added further “India is going through its most revolutionary phase of Digital Transformation that will bring many reformative and transformative changes in the way we live, interact, engage with our Government and utilize the services available to us as citizens of this great country. At the base of this revolution reside scientific and engineering imperatives, challenges, solutions, and breakthroughs.
CDAC was founded on Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtrian New Year 29 years ago, and the research institute continues to celebrate its foundation day as per the Hindu calendar rather than the actual date on which it was set up.
The welcome speech was given by Col. Asheet kumar Nath (retd.) Executive Director C-DAC Pune. He said “The genesis of this great organization called CDAC is not only fascinating but also speaks volumes about national resolve and commitment. It was in the late 1980s that govt of India placed on a foreign company for the supercomputer, to be used for wither modeling and for forecasting application to help our farmers an policymakers. However, it was denied based on apprehensions that the technology would be used for nuclear research. Considering it as to utmost inescapable need, the national leadership decided to make our own ‘supercomputer’ to accomplish countries research efforts in this high technology area. Thus, the CDAC was born in Pune.
The first product launched was Product “MiDaaS”- Molecular Dynamics Trajectory Analytics As a Service. The knowledge base of structural information on biomolecules like protein, nucleic acids, lipids, and membranes is growing rapidly due to methods like cryo-crystallization, high-frequency NMR, and other characterization techniques along with computational modeling techniques. Computational modeling and simulation of biomolecules have been drastically improving due to the advancement in high-performance computing (HPC) and the development of advanced enhanced sampling methods
The second product launched was C-CHAKSHU, Multicluster monitoring platform. C-CHAKSHU is a lightweight, highly scalable solution ‘C-CHAKSHU-Multi-cluster Monitoring Platform’. C-CHAKSHU can ease the efforts of the administrator as well as HPC user, in collectively monitoring the hardware, software and application-specific aspects of the Supercomputer Systems. C-CHAKSHU lets the user, to monitor essential and critical HPC system metrics relating to CPU, Memory, Storage, Interconnect, file system, Network Metric, application specific Utilizations from a single dashboard.
The third product launched today was Shrutlekhan Advance for ASR & Pravachak Advance for TTS. Speech Technology is designed to recognize and synthesis the human voice and making the world more accessible. It plays an integral role in today’s AI-driven applications and going to be the main modality of digital inclusion across society.
Shrutlekhan-Advance is a general purpose large vocabulary continuous automatic speech recognition system for Hindi and Marathi languages. It transcribes the spoken words into text. It is a fully hybrid approach based software that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Neural Network (DNN) technology. Pravachak-Advance is an advanced text to speech system for Hindi and Marathi language. The system converts text into speech by employing advanced machine learning techniques. It offers the high quality, natural sounding voices with an easy to integrate software development kit.
The fourth product launched today was Emergency Service Vehicle Priority System (emSerV) [C-DAC TVM]” Terms like ‘The Golden Hour’ and the ‘Platinum Ten Minutes’ imply the importance of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) all over the world. It is a well-accepted fact that a patient who receives basic care from trained professionals and is transported to the nearest healthcare facility within 15-20 minutes of an emergency has the greatest chance of survival. The Radio based Emergency Service Vehicle Priority System, EmSerV, has two modules (1) a control unit installed inside the traffic signal controller and (2) the Vehicle Mount Unit (VMU) kept near the windshield of the Emergency Service Vehicle (ESV). EmSerV is implemented on geo-fencing technique using GPS coordinates. During an emergency trip, the VMU broadcasts GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the vehicle and its headway in every 500mSec using the 433MHz transmitter. The EmSerV controller is always in the listening mode waiting for the signal from the VMU. Once it receives the coordinates of the ESV the EmSerV controller identifies the direction and location of the ESV. It then gives a command to the traffic signal controller for priority green signal for the direction of the approaching ESV. On detection of the ESV the Hooter installed at the traffic junction will generate the audio alarm to alert the drivers, pedestrians and the police officer at the traffic junction about the arrival of the emergency service vehicle.
The release of the fifth product by CDAC was “Gist Mail”- Your e-mail in your own language. In today’s digital age, even with so many social media and communication platforms, e-mail is undoubtedly the most authentic, official, formal means of communication. With GIST-Mail one can have their email IDs in their own languages! Apart from being an end-to-end Email solution.
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