‘We intend to build capabilities in quantum, high-performance computing’: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

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“Quantum I believe is amongst many issues that we see as rising areas when it comes to frontiers of know-how. India and the Indian ecosystem have to be part of this collaborative mannequin,” Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrashekhar mentioned Wednesday whereas nearly addressing trade specialists and stakeholders in the tech ecosystem at IBM’s annual Think convention in Mumbai.

“Quantum is a vital piece of it and is clearly one thing that can’t be ignored,” he burdened including that “we intend to build capabilities in quantum and high-performance computing.” At a day-long occasion, IBM launched a white paper, titled “Building an Indian Quantum Industry”, which was unveiled by Chandrashekhar. The white paper is part of an effort to create the quantum computing ecosystem in India.

Recent years have seen a surge in “quantum” computing to build super-fast computer systems. Quantum computer systems are primarily based on qubits, a unit that may maintain extra information than traditional binary bits. Experts say such machines might revolutionise computing, benefiting from quantum physics to remedy issues that “classical” computer systems can’t.

In 2019, Google introduced that it had reached one thing referred to as “quantum supremacy” when it revealed an article in the journal Nature. The Software large mentioned that its 54-qubit Sycamore processor was in a position to carry out a calculation in 200 seconds that may have taken the world’s strongest supercomputer 10,000 years.

At that point, scientists from IBM – a key quantum pc competitor- disputed Google’s claims. IBM mentioned that the identical activity could possibly be carried out on a classical system in simply 2.5 days, fairly than 10,000 years as Google was claiming.

Earlier this 12 months, IBM mentioned it plans to introduce a 4,000+ qubit quantum pc by 2025. That progress will transfer past the experimental section by 2025, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna advised reporters. In 2020, IBM mentioned it will ship a 1,121-qubit machine in 2023.

The US and China lead in quantum computing innovation. In the US, the personal sector’s contribution is the important thing to thriving quantum computing analysis and growth, headlined by huge tech corporations like Google, IBM and Microsoft. The US can be dwelling to over 78 quantum computing startups, in accordance to Tracxn, a website that tracks corporations by trade. China, India’s neighbouring nation, is getting forward in the quantum computing supremacy recreation.

IBM lately partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras to advance quantum co­mputing ability growth and analysis in India. With this partnership, IIT Madras joins over 180 members of the IBM Quantum Network globally.


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