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Indian government plans acquisition of 10,000 GPUs in next 18 months

The Indian government is poised to bolster the nation’s computational infrastructure by acquiring 10,000 graphics processing units (GPUs) within the next 18 months. This is expected to enhance India’s processing power, bringing its computational capabilities in line with its data generation, former Niti Ayog CEO and India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant said in a tweet.

India currently generates 20% of the world’s data, highlighting the necessity for robust processing resources to handle and analyse this vast amount of data.

Tesla currently has 35,000 H100 chips — the most powerful and super-expensive graphics processing units designed for AI applications — CEO Elon Musk revealed during the company’s first quarterly earnings for 2024.

Mark Zuckerberg said in January that Meta plans to have about 3.5 lakh H100 chips by the end of 2024, taking Meta’s total stash to about 600,000 by year-end. The second in line is reportedly Microsoft, which ordered 1.5 lakh GPUs in 2023, according to technology research firm Omdia. Oracle, Tencent, Google, and Amazon, which reportedly bought 50,000 each,” the report added.

Moreover, India is fast emerging as a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) development. The country ranks second in the world for the number of AI projects hosted on GitHub, contributing to 19% of the global total. This underscores India’s active participation in the international AI community, Kant added.

Kant also emphasised that AI represents a transformative opportunity for India. The advancements in AI are anticipated to revolutionise various sectors, particularly education and healthcare.

In a recent report by CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd., India has emerged as the leading country in the Asia Pacific region (excluding China) for data centre capacity, reaching 950 MW. This surpasses other major nations such as Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Singapore, and Korea.

The report also predicts that India will add 850 MW of data centre capacity between 2024 and 2026, the highest increase in the region.

Data centre, which are large groups of networked servers used for remote data storage and distribution, are central to this growth. According to a March report by CareEdge Ratings, India’s data centre industry is expected to double its capacity from approximately 0.9 GW in 2023 to 2 GW by 2026.

This growth is projected to require an estimated capital expenditure of Rs 50,000 crore over the next three years. CNBCTV18

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