India is a strong bet for accelerated computing: NVIDIA’s Vishal Dhupar
A global leader in graphics processing units (GPUs) and a specialist in innovative technologies, NVIDIA has grown at a CAGR of 50% over the past five years. The company is also actively expanding into the AI and solutions space starting with the manufacturing sector by helping companies like Tata JLR and Mercedes Benz to deliver high-tech vehicle engine solutions in a revenue share model. .
Ahead of its NVIDIA GTC 2022 Global AI Conference which begins on March 22, Vishal Dhupar, MD, Asia South, NVIDIA discusses the scope of emerging technologies like accelerated computing in India, offerings from companies here and plans qualification of technological talents in the countryside.
Where is India in terms of revenue growth and what kind of opportunities does this market bring to NVIDIA?
I am really happy to report that India has become a strong bet for accelerated computing, especially when it comes to higher education and government initiatives. We are a nation of developers. We find that a large part of the developers approve of it. They understand the longevity of technology.
Crypto miners have recently been hoarding GPUs since the boom in this segment, leaving other companies in short supply. What do you think about this? How is NVIDIA looking to address the GPU shortage issue?
This is actually a very small part of GPUs for crypto miners. We know this because we have software that tracks where the GPU has gone. We need to make sure gamers, scientists, content developers, engineers, and researchers have access to it. To make sure this is available, we have GeForce Now.
It is a cloud service where you can rent a GPU. It’s a gaming service and even if you have a laptop without a GPU or an underperforming GPU, you can supplement it from the GeForce offering. These offerings are aimed at alleviating the needs of the people. It’s an industry-wide problem that we’re trying to solve and fix faster.
NVIDIA recently announced a partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, for automated driving solutions. Are you in talks with Indian automakers for similar deals locally?
We have announced that all JLRs made by Tata will be standalone and there will be revenue sharing between Tata and NVIDIA as the engine they use is powered by NVIDIA. A similar contract was signed with Mercedes Benz a few years ago.
Technologically it (the vehicle) may be advanced enough that you do not need to carry your keys and when you walk to your car you are recognized by your retina. Now, if the car knows that you are going to open the door behind to keep your luggage, it can do it automatically without you saying anything. In terms of agreements in India, we are only talking about success and not about agreements in talks.
NVIDIA had started working with gaming cafes in India. What is the company update?
We are ecosystem partners. Gambling is a very social activity, people meet, compete and have fun in cafes. With the growth that gaming has seen in India, there was a lot of appeal for multinationals who managed to set up cafes in other countries.
After entering India, we have seen multinational corporations build state-of-the-art gaming cafes here. Towards the end of 2019, these efforts were stalled due to the pandemic. People couldn’t go to cafes. We facilitate and collaborate with these businesses through our platform offering.
With companies like Google piloting voice-based features and solutions, what is the scope and opportunity for natural language processing in India? How is NVIDIA innovating in this area?
Big NLP is really important for India. It’s a big model that can take into account billions of parameters and do what the human brain can’t. Our nation is multilingual with thousands of dialects and we need to find a solution for the community.
Conversational AI is extremely critical in call centers and on websites. These services need to be increased so that we can go beyond English into more global and local languages. I see a glimpse of a lot of work taking shape in India.
Tell us about NVIDIA’s startup program? What kind of capacities have been supported in India so far? Do they work with NVIDIA?
The program is called “Inception” and the idea is to find new era companies that want to disrupt traditional models. We help them with the technological support they need. Most of these start-ups will come to GTC this year to present their products. We have nearly 900 start-ups that are part of the program in India alone. They work in IT speech, retail, agritech, fintech segments to name a few.
What is NVIDIA doing to hone talent in India given that there is an industry-wide talent shortage?
Through our deep learning institute, we work with several universities and colleges. We create brand ambassadors with the knowledge and concepts of deep learning. They will train these students in deep learning. Once they understand the concept, we create boot camps where people bring their issues and there are mentors available to discuss their dilemma with and learn how to solve it.
There are NVIDIA AI Technology Centers where people undertake research problems and they dedicate their resources, we help them by providing technology assistance and then connect them with several universities around the world who might have similar problems, so that learning reaches them more quickly.
March 14, 2022