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Weekly Newsletter - 32nd Edition
As the new year began, I've been thinking about how lucky we are to be a part of a revolutionary technological profession, platform and a community that is improving the world. Hope you will have begun the new year with a bang by now. We wish you and all your family members a Happy New Year 2022! The return of ongoing pandemic has most of us concerned, exercising covid appropriate behavior is the only solution. Let us all stay safe. Welcome to the 32nd edition of weekly newsletter by OneQuantum India. The year 2021 was an eventful one, we are gearing up for equally engaging year 2022 now.
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President India Region, OneQuantum
Why Amazon Wants India's Government to Help It Win the Cloud War
After its 2006 debut in India, Amazon Web Services (AWS) took ten years to create its first infrastructure area. However, the announcement of the second region occurred within the next four years. Call it growing interest in cloud computing for service delivery or the government's desire for data localization, but AWS, the cloud market leader, is struggling to satisfy its own commercial expectations of open cross-border data flow while also addressing the government's nationalist objectives. AWS has successfully navigated state legislation and views governments and public agencies as a significant development potential in India. It has collaborated with many Central and State Ministries to develop new methods of delivering public services. It worked with the NITI Aayog and Intel to open the Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Centre at the think tank's Delhi headquarters last year. In collaboration with MeitY, AWS has brought its quantum computing service, Amazon Braket, to a restricted set of scientists via the Quantum Computing Applications Lab. The CEOs of the companies believe that the tremendous infrastructure that the government has at its disposal necessitates unprecedented levels of technology adoption in order for India to become a digital economy, which represents a big opportunity.
Alphabet is said to be spinning off its top-secret quantum computing branch
If there's one business that may have a breakthrough year in 2022, it's quantum computing, the next phase of computer power that, in theory, would take everything to the next level. This pace might be accelerated sooner than expected, since Alphabet is rumored to be preparing the spin-off of its quantum business, Sandbox@Alphabet. According to Business Insider, the secretive division founded by Google cofounder Sergei Brin would be split off and overseen by current CEO Jack Hidary. SB Technologies, and there is a website, sandboxquantum.com, however it offers little information at the time of writing.
Research on reading multiple Qubits at the same time to multiply power of Quantum Computing
Engineers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have devised a way for simultaneously reading several qubits (the smallest unit of quantum data). Their technology lays the path for a new generation of quantum computers that are more powerful. A team of engineers led by Charbon has lately devised a potential way for breaking past this technical obstacle in partnership with experts in the United Kingdom. Their method reads qubits more efficiently, allowing more of them to be crammed into quantum processors. Andrea Ruffino, a Ph.D. student in Charbon's group, devised a technique for reading nine qubits concurrently and successfully. Furthermore, his method might be extended to bigger qubit matrices. "Our strategy is based on the use of time and frequency domains," he says. "The essential concept is to decrease the number of connections by using three qubits with a single link." Ruffino was not deterred by the fact that EPFL lacked a quantum computer. He discovered a mechanism to simulate qubits and execute experiments under conditions like those seen in a quantum computer. "I built a transistor out of quantum dots, which are nanometer-sized semiconductor particles. That offered me something that operates similarly to qubits "Ruffino explains. He is the university's first Ph.D. student. "Andrea demonstrated that his technology works with integrated circuits on standard computer chips and at temperatures approaching qubit temperatures," adds Charbon. "It's a significant development that might pave the way for massive qubit matrices combined with the appropriate electronics. The two forms of technology might collaborate in a simple, effective, and repeatable manner."
Zapata Computing reports, 69 percent of Enterprises are enroute to adopt quantum computing
According to a new poll of corporate executives commissioned by Zapata Computing, 69% of worldwide organizations have already used or plan to employ quantum computing soon. The findings indicate that quantum computing is rapidly moving from the margins to the center of business digital transformation, with 74 percent of enterprise leaders polled agreeing that those that do not use quantum computing would fall behind. Further, 29 percent of organizations globally are currently early adopters of quantum technology, with another 40 percent planning to follow suit soon. So far, the transportation industry has seen the most acceptance, with 63 percent of respondents reporting that they are in the early phases of quantum adoption. This might be a reaction to the continuing supply chain crisis, which quantum can alleviate by solving complicated optimization issues prevalent in shipping and logistics.
QNu Labs, India's first quantum technology company, has raised institutional funding headed by Speciale Invest
QNu Labs, founded in 2016 by deep tech enthusiasts, is attempting to tackle the organizational difficulties of data integrity and secrecy by providing quantum-safe cybersecurity. QNu Labs' products and solutions protect critical business data on the internet, in data centers, and in the cloud. With increasing workplace transformation and massive adoption of digitization, QNu Labs plans to mitigate data security risks across verticals such as defense, government, healthcare, financial institutions, and telecommunications, to name a few, through its extensive portfolio of technology-led products such as Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG), and Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC). "After having demonstrated our products and solutions with clients in India and other locations, we are pleased by the expanding use cases and acceptance of the quantum-safe cybersecurity innovation across industry verticals," said Sunil Gupta, Co-founder, and CEO of QNu Labs. "We intend to accelerate the implementation of quantum secure solutions in the business market, particularly in the BFSI, healthcare, and telecommunications industries." We want to extend our worldwide footprint over the next 12-18 months by developing innovative and attractive quantum security solutions for clients, with the goal of making quantum-safe cybersecurity technology ubiquitous."
Quantum’s future in Retail
COVID-19 hastened the shift from in-store to e-commerce shopping, posing considerable retail logistical issues. Even before the epidemic, shops were up against giants who could provide frictionless purchases and quick order processing. Despite consumer pressure, a recent Accenture poll found that less than half of merchants are fulfilling customer expectations regarding order fulfilment. Changes in buying habits and the prominence of e-commerce provide additional data for merchants to evaluate to match buyer expectations and deliver items on time. Moreover, achieving next- or same-day delivery with no mistakes or delays necessitates end-to-end optimization from the warehouse to the customer's door. This is a major issue: merchants have less time than ever to do it right yet doing so necessitates precise answers to extremely complicated optimization problems involving large data sets and tight, ever-changing restrictions. The volume of data exceeds present problem-solving skills. Quantum computing has the potential to solve retail’s challenges. To execute computing, these systems make use of quantum state features such as superposition, interference, and entanglement. These states are used by quantum computers to mimic real-world events in a n-dimensional environment. This implies that merchants can forecast the effects of various events on their company operations. This approach to problem solving is suited for the complex difficulties that today's retail logistics managers face. Using quantum computing to optimize retail operations enables decision makers to discover optimal solutions for all retail functions. This provides retailers with more precise and diversified alternatives for fast improving their inbound supply chain as well as their outward logistics and delivery. Making customer-focused delivery operations a reality will eventually increase customer loyalty and revenue growth for shops. This innovative approach to retail issue resolution will assist firms in meeting changing consumer demands for quick and smooth services.
Video of the week
At $300 per qubit, a million-qubit quantum computer is on the horizon
Quantum computing presently costs $10,000 per qubit, which is only one of the reasons why scaling is difficult and expensive. SEEQC is pioneering a unique strategy to develop scalable million-qubit machines that can deliver on quantum computers' promise and transform computing. Will they be successful? SEEQC recently stated that it is developing a commercially scalable, application-specific quantum computer for pharmaceutical drug research, and Merck has purchased one. John Koetsier talks with SEEQC CEO John Levy on transitioning quantum computing from the V2 rocket era to the SpaceX age.