- The Chatterjee Group (TCG) is planning to build a quantum computer.
- The TCG Crest Centre for Research and Education in Science & Technology in Calcutta will host the quantum computer.
- The initial investment in the project is about Rs 10 crore (or about $1.2 million US).
The Chatterjee Group (TCG) is set to build a quantum computer in India, marking a significant step in the country’s quantum computing ambitions, according to India media.
The TCG Crest Centre for Research and Education in Science & Technology in Calcutta will host the quantum computer, with the first phase expected to be completed by the end of the year, reports Telegraph India.
The initial investment in the project is about Rs 10 crore (or about $1.2 million US), with the total cost estimated to be Rs 100 crore when the computing capacity of the computer is scaled up in 2-3 years. Once complete, the superconducting quantum computer can be engaged in frontier research and skilling scientists of India in quantum computing.
The TCG Crest centre has imported a dilution refrigerator from Finland as the first building block for the hardware of the quantum computer, according to reports. The superconducting qubits based quantum computer will be set up in consultation with the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research in Mumbai.
“We have been receiving funding from the central government which allows CQuERE to use two quantum computers in North America,” Bhupendra Nath Dev, professor at CQuERE, told the media.
While the hardware part of setting up the quantum computer involves enormous engineering challenges requiring skilled professionals, work in the field of quantum algorithms to develop the program (quantum software) to operate the computer is also ongoing. The centre has been receiving funding from the central government which allows it to use two quantum computers in North America.
According to reports, a collaboration agreement with Spanish quantum startup Qilimanjaro has also been arranged.
The developments at TCG Crest come after the centre announced the National Quantum Mission 2024-31, which plans to focus on quantum computing, quantum sensing and metrology, quantum communication, and quantum materials and devices. Research at TCG Crest covers most of the areas that will be pursued in NQM, according to Bhanu Pratap Das, Director of Centre for Quantum Engineering Research & Education.
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