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Three new products for C-DAC annual day

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) today announced three new products as offering on the occasion of its 23rd annual day.The products consist of Seistom, a new tool which will help build dams by generating two and three dimensional images of earth’s interior.

The announcement was made by Rajan T Joseph, director general, C-DAC. The other three products are Genopipe, a tool for high throughput comparative genomics of prokaryotes and LIPS Live, the Language Independent Programme Subtitles Live. This products will be officially launched tomorrow at 10:30 Am at the hands of eminent scientist Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, who also headed C-DAC when the organisation created first super computer of India.

Seistom (Seismic traveltime Tomographic Inversion) uses seismic waves generated by explosions to create computer generated, 2-D & 3-D images of Earth’s interior. Industrial applications for Seistom can cover dam constructions, bridge construction, reservoir studies, ground water and mineral/hydrocarbon exploration etc.

According to Dr. Sundarrajan, group co-ordinator of this project, the data for this products was taken from agencies like Central Water Power Research Station, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and other organisations. The project was going on for five years and will be taken further after taking the feedback. The tasting of the software has been done in labs with simulated waves and comparing the data with actual readings.

GenoPipe is an automated pipeline for comparative genomics. The tool is capable of handling multiple bacterial genomes and has been tested on Salmonella and Mycobacterium. C-DAC’s Bioinformatics group is currently interacting with leading scientific organisations in the United Kingdom. The group is interacting with the scientists at Institute of Animal Health (IAH) at Compton, Sanger Institute (Cambridge) and the University of Surrey (Guildford). It is already installed at IAH.

Lips Live is a multilingual fully automated subtitling suite. It consists of a multilingual creation station with automated time coding, online editing and overlaying.

How Seistom Works

Seismologists infer the different layers in the earth by using arrival times of waves recorded by seismic sensors, which enables the scientists to define slower or faster regions deep in the earth. The waves that come sooner travel faster. Those that come later are slowed down by something along the way. This information helps in understanding composition of the earth thereby helping locating groundwater/hydrocarbon/mineral inside the earth.

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