Nvidia Exec Highlights India's Scarcity In Compute Infrastructure, Sees AI Potential

Nvidia executive Vishal Dhupar pointed out in a recent interview that India, holding under 2% of the globe’s $1 trillion (₹83 lakh crore) compute infrastructure, lags far behind powerhouses like the US and China, who together command nearly 60%. Despite this, Dhupar sees a golden chance for India to emerge as the world’s AI powerhouse, contingent on ramping up its computing capabilities.

What Happened: At the Startup Mahakumbh in New Delhi, Dhupar shared insights on India’s modest contribution of about 2% to global AI research, attributing this to the scarcity of compute resources. He emphasized the stark difference in research output by Indians based abroad, who contribute to 12% of AI research, thanks to better infrastructure in those regions.

Highlighting the disparity in research investments — with the US and China dedicating about 4% of their GDP compared to India’s 1% — Dhupar stressed the need for enhanced infrastructure to boost innovation and potentially add $1 trillion to India’s economy. He lauded the government’s India AI Mission to introduce 10,000 GPUs as a significant step forward.

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Dhupar also envisioned a transformative shift for India, from being the “back office of the world” to leading the charge in AI innovation, especially in encoding Indic languages and cultures into AI models.

He pointed to Nvidia’s collaboration with Yotta Data Services, bringing 16,000 GPUs to India, as a move to bolster infrastructure and support over 1,600 Indian startups in Nvidia’s Inception program, including 400 AI and 60 generative AI startups, to fuel domestic innovation and global leadership in AI.

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