At the IEEE HiPC conference in India this week, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, was named as the first CUDA Center of Excellence (CCOE) in India, and the 22nd prestigious university to joint the CCOE program. A number of local press covered the announcement. Professor PSV Nataraj who will lead the new center spoke at the announcement about his goals to make it a resource not just for IIT Bombay, but for the entire country.
It is no surprise to me that India has been a leader in the adoption of GPU technology. With 17% of the world’s population, countless excellent students apply each year to the multiple campuses of the Indian Institute of Technology, as well as many other Indian universities. Indian universities graduate scores of PhDs each year and the country has long been a leader in the the worldwide information technology space. In contrast, India’s infrastructure often struggles to keep up and electrical energy and data center space are more precious and limited here than in many countries. It is for this very reason that India was early to adopt GPU technology. It is duly noted by many researchers here that all 10 of the world’s most efficient supercomputers, according to the Green500 list, are powered by Nvidia GPUs.
Congratulations once again to IIT Bombay, the first CCOE in India.