Minister of State for electronics and information technology (IT) Rajeev Chandrasekhar on September 14 unveiled IBM’s white paper covering the global technology giant’s roadmap to quantum computing growth in India.
On the occasion, Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Software and Chairman, North America at IBM said, “India is at the core of IBM’s growth strategy both for clients and for talent. We are clearly making things in India not just for India but for the world, and build a lot of software in India. Lot of collaboration is going on. India is the place where we have got good locations. We have heavily invested in AI and automation. Technology is transforming everything, and is accelerating hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) adoption. We are also interested in emerging businesses and have solutions designed for them.”
IBM in India operates India Software Labs (ISL), India Research Lab (IRL), IBM Consulting, IBM Technology and IBM Systems Development Lab (ISDL).
IBM’s white paper talks about how India has the opportunity to build capacity in quantum computing. The progress in this technology is expected to bring a plethora of opportunities including “next-gen battery design, corrosion analysis, automotive structural analysis, new materials design, solar conversion, catalysts, enzyme design, fraud detection, factoring, cyber forensics, ranking and partial ranking, sustainability, risk management, drug discovery and more.”
As per the white paper, India will have the largest number of software engineers in the world by 2024. “Quantum computing presents a unique opportunity to shape that talent by upskilling and reskilling for new applications, and build leadership in the future of IT.”
Speaking at IBM’s flagship event Think in Mumbai, India MD Sandip Patel said, “We’ve just published a white paper that lays out IBM’s vision on quantum strategy, but more importantly, a roadmap towards building and quantum industry in India.”
Chandrasekar said, “Amongst the many things that we see as emerging areas, the frontiers of technology that the Indian ecosystem must be a part of…quantum is a very important piece of it. Quantum is going to be — notwithstanding the usual marketing hype that always accompanies new emerging technologies — clearly something that cannot be ignored or if it is ignored, you do so at your own risk embedded represents a significant area of our strategic focus high up there with high-performance computing and Open Compute.”