(The Gist of Science Reporter) Quantum Supremacy  [DECEMBER-2019]

(The Gist of Science Reporter) Quantum Supremacy


Quantum Supremacy

Quantum Computing Research in India

  • The Department of Science and Technology (D5T) has launched a mission called Quantum Enabled Science and Technology (QuEST) with seed funding of Rs 80 crores for three years. The first meeting of the QuEST programme was held in January 2D19 at the International Institute of Information Technology (IMT)-Hyderabad to lay out the roadmap for developing quantum computer technology in India. In Phase I the programme will lay out the basic infrastructure that is needed to promote research in this field.
  • Work Is likely to also focus on national security, as quantum computers are expected to stimulate quantum level encrypted information as a communication standard.
  • The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research [USER] at Mohali is anchoring the work on quantum computers in the country under the Cyber Physical Systems [CPS] programme by the Department of Science and Technology. The multi-institutional, panIndia initiative is being funded to the tune of Rs 300 crores to build an indigenous quantum computer and a quantum communication network.
  • Subsequently the Indian Space Research Organisation [ISRO), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and Department of Atomic Energy [DAE) are all expected to join the effort.
  • The Initiative on Quantum Technology [IQT@IISc] at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has set itself a task of blending both concrete deliverables and open-ended research investigations. Among its early objectives is to deliver at least 8 qubit quantum superconducting transmon processors, with basic characterisation and demonstration of toy applications, And in preparation for a future demand for engineers in Quantum computing, NT Roorkee became the first in India to introduce a full semester elective on quantum computing in association with Microsoft.

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