The All India ACM Summit

Posted by Suraj Subramanian on 19th September, 9.30 PM

Ankur and I had been to Vellore Institute of Technology (the "other" VIT) a few weeks back. ACM India had organized and conducted the first ever ACM Chapter Summit in India, and we were invited to represent the Vidyalankar Chapter. Chapters from all over India participated in this convention stretching across three days, 22nd - 24th August 2013. The first two days were dedicated to ACM Compute 2013 which focused on the theme of "Next Generation Computing Paradigms and Technologies".

After a harrowing session of nail-biting && booking Tatkal on IRCTC, our fortunes shined in the form of the payment portal loading successfully! We were able to get the last few remaining tickets on the Chennai Express, a very colourful and exceptionally clean (we had someone cleaning the coaches at approximately every 3 stations) train.

We reached around 2130hrs, quite late by Vellore standards and were hard pressed to find dinner. We were accommodated comfortably in their guesthouse with the other Chapter Representatives.

A pan-Indian presence was marked at the event, with representatives from all across the country attending the convention. The guest of honour at the summit was Dr. Pramod Varma, who is the chief architect of the AADHAR project, the biggest ever database of its kind. His keynote was a very interesting presentation of what technologies were used to implement this massive database containing more than 400 million entries.

The President of ACM India, Dr. P. J. Narayanan, who is also the Director of IIIT-H, presented a keynote on the Virtues and Necessity of Parallelization in Computing. The message was put forth rather effectively, when he demonstrated the distinction of implementing parallelization and the importance of GPGPUs by showing to us the increased efficiency of an image processor their college team had come up with.

The two days of Compute2013 were peppered with talks by various professionals in the industry, from white hat hackers talking about the latest phishing methodologies used and their underground community to professors demonstrating the multi-pronged benefits of using Open Source Software in everyday education. An interesting plethora of speakers were invited, and it was quite a task to choose which session to attend!

All in all, we had a very merry time with loads to learn from not only the keynote presenters but also the representatives of Chapters at the Summit!