The Ministry of Industry and Trade announced a multibillion-dollar competition aimed at distributing subsidies to support domestic radioelectronic technology projects. As a result, none of the projects that involve the use of domestic microprocessors, did not pass this competition
In particular, the agency rejected five applications from the joint-stock company Numerical Mechanics. This is a "subsidiary" of T-platforms, whose other subsidiary company, Baikal Electronics, develops domestic chips.
Companies whose projects included the production of an entire line of blade servers for high-performance computing and virtualized infrastructures applied for participation in the project. Also mentioned were a line of storage platforms for corporate and operator applications, a line of portable personal and compact modular computing tools, plus a software and hardware platform for managing components of geographically distributed technical and information management systems for enterprise automation.
The applications requested 610 million rubles, 175 million rubles, 405 million rubles, 450 million rubles and 200 million rubles in subsidies. At the same time all the developments in question were planned to be based on Russian processors. It is true that the name of the domestic processor was stated only in two submitted documents, but as far as can be understood, in the other two it was also proposed to use a Russian hardware platform.
In addition to "Numerical Mechanics", the company "RSC Technologies" refused, it previously developed supercomputer systems based on foreign processors – mainly Intel. Now this company has requested about 60 million rubles for the creation of an interoperable server platform for creation of data centers and supercomputers of petaflops performance with simultaneous use of Elbrus and x86 microprocessors.
Another participant, the Omsk company Promobit, was denied support in the amount of 213 million rubles. They were planned to be spent on the development of NVMe over Fabtic pluggable performance block data storage devices on Elbrus and Russian interconnect Angara.
Inpro Technologies did not receive the requested 152 million rubles for the development of an "intelligent computing and communications platform" with liquid cooling. The basis for this platform was to be Elbrus.
And the last company that failed to receive government support is Aladdin R. D., which works in cybersecurity. It requested 300 million rubles to create a platform for lifecycle management of end devices for IoT, as well as machine-to-machine interaction systems for critical information infrastructure systems "based on the trusted Russian MC-IoT-01 chip. As far as we can tell, the application referred to a 40nm chip that has not even been released yet – it is scheduled for delivery in 2020.
The companies in question above tried to get reimbursement for the creation of scientific and technical groundwork under the four areas of work of the state program "Development of the electronic and radioelectronic industry for 2013-2025". Organizations with capabilities to create radioelectronic products were eligible to apply for support.
By applying, companies had to create a commercially effective integrated project that provides civil end products in one of the specified areas of development: computing, telecommunications equipment, special technological equipment and intelligent development systems.
The first competition was held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the fall of 2016. Potential bidders submitted more than 80 applications. "Contracts are concluded with organizations according to the order numbers assigned to the applications, from the first onward, until the limits of budgetary obligations provided for by the federal law on the federal budget for the corresponding fiscal year are exhausted, " the organizers of the competition told then about the specifics of interaction with the participants.
Three years ago, 73 of 80 applications passed the primary filter. Now it’s 25 out of 116. So the competition, as far as you can tell, has become much stricter.
Why were the applications rejected? According to the organizers of the competition, four applications had problems in the correlation of data in the applications themselves and in the attached documents. Thus, the organizers found different results of calculations in the amounts of the company’s own funds planned to be used. The efficiency indicators of the project were not given as of the date of the project completion. Another application did not pass the initial assessment due to similar discrepancies in the data. In addition, there was another violation – the business plan and financial model in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel format were not supplied on electronic media.
"RS Technologies" incorrectly indicated the name of the technological area. The document inventory did not contain page numbering, the certificate of the organization’s equipment provision was not accompanied by copies of accompanying documents.
"Promobit provided documents that were not properly bound, numbered, and sealed. On top of that, different documents had different figures in the same parameters. The possible amount of investment was not specified either. Similar problems were recorded in the Aladdin R.D. application.
"Inpro Technologies" did not provide an electronic medium with a copy of the application, in addition, other organizational irregularities were identified.