C-DAC Partners Hyderabad-based SemiCon Firm MosChip and Japan's Socionext for New AUM Processor Development

C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) has joined forces with Hyderabad-based semiconductor company MosChip Technologies and Japan-based Socionext Inc. to design and develop a High-Performance Computing (HPC) Processor System on Chip (SoC) called "AUM."

This indigenous processor is based on the Arm architecture and will be built using TSMC's 5nm technology. The AUM processor aims to enhance India's supercomputing capabilities and contribute to solving grand challenge problems of national and global significance.

The AUM Processor will be a groundbreaking achievement in India's pursuit of technological self-sufficiency. Developed by the C-DAC. This indigenous chip is poised to revolutionize supercomputing in India.

The AUM processor is based on the Arm Neoverse V1 design, specifically the v8.4 "Zeus" variant. It features 96 cores and follows a chiplet design. The onboard memory capacity is 64 GB. The AUM processor targets large-scale workloads, including scientific simulations, data analytics, and machine learning applications.

Developed under the National Supercomputing Mission, the AUM processor aims to achieve HPC independence for India—from the processor level up to complete systems and software. It ensures that India's supply chain for HPC parts and systems remains immune from potential imports. The Indian government emphasizes security, ensuring there are no hardware or software backdoors in the AUM processor. Given India's geopolitical context, this focus on security is crucial.

About MosChip Technologies, the semiconductor company has been involved in several notable projects, showcasing their expertise in semiconductor design and system solutions.

It was in early of last month when MosChip Technologies has secured this substantial contract of AUM Processor worth Rs 509.37 crore from the C-DAC. The project involves developing an HPC SoC using cutting-edge 5nm technology. This landmark project not only strengthens MosChip's global positioning but also opens new avenues in both domestic and international markets for Turnkey ASIC solutions.

MosChip collaborate with leading foundries like TSMC, UMC, Global Foundries, and Tower Jazz.

On the other hand, Socionext Inc. is a Japan-based system-on-chip (SoC) company formed in March 2015 from the former system LSI businesses of Fujitsu and Panasonic. They specialize in imaging, networking, and other dynamic technologies that drive today's leading-edge applications. Socionext provides quality semiconductor products based on extensive and differentiated IPs, proven design methodologies, and state-of-the-art implementation expertise, with full support. They contribute to the realization of a sustainable and prosperous society through cutting-edge SoC technology.

Shri E Magesh, Director General, C-DAC, said "The collaboration between C-DAC and MosChip & Socionext to develop cutting-edge HPC processor, which is designed to meet the evolving demands of High-Performance-Computing and related applications, exemplifies the growing synergy between R&D and Industry. This joint effort marks a significant milestone in technological advancement, leveraging C-DAC’s expertise in Supercomputing technology and MosChip’s and Socionext’s capabilities in semiconductor design and manufacturing. The collaboration aims to design, develop and produce indigenous HPC processor that not only meets global standards but also propels India to the forefront in supercomputing arena. This collaboration is also a significant step forward in our efforts to bolster India’s position in the global semiconductor landscape.”

C-DAC is working towards complete indigenization of supercomputing technology. Towards this, C-DAC has developed indigenous compute node RUDRA, Trinetra-Interconnect and System Software stack. Further for complete indigenization of HPC system development, C-DAC is designing an indigenous HPC Processor AUM. Keenheads Technologies, an Indian Startup, has been engaged by C-DAC as Program Management Consultant (PMC) for the project.

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