Stepping into the next big leap in computing technology, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is gearing up to fund India’s first quantum computer project.
The world is slowly progressing towards the new future of Quantum Computers, a revolutionary design of computing machines whose true potential is yet to be explored by humans. A quantum computer employs the principles of quantum mechanics to increase the computational power way beyond the attainable limits of a traditional computer. Complex principles of quantum mechanics are used to store information in ‘qubits’ (quantum bit) instead of the traditional binary ‘bits’ of 1 and 0
Qubits work faster than any of the traditional comparable computers because of the way such circuits are designed for intensive number-crunching tasks in an efficient manner.
China has made the World’s first Quantum Computer that they claimed to be 24,000 times faster than international counterparts. Tech giants like D-wave and IBM are also in the race to develop the best Quantum computer and are known for their quantum computing products. Now, it looks like India also joins the Quantum computing race.
According to a report by The Hindu, until now, efforts made by academic institutions including Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, have only forayed into the theoretical aspects of quantum computing. The DST said that “the time has come to build one”.
A workshop, gathering experts from all over the country, will be held in Allahabad this month to discuss the groundwork for the quantum computer.