Microsoft and HCL Technologies are collaborating to provide clients quantum computing


HCL Technologies, a locally based provider of information technology (IT) services, on Monday announced a cooperation with Azure Quantum, Microsoft’s quantum cloud computing solution. By utilizing Microsoft’s platform as the technology stack, HCLTech will provide its clients with cloud-based quantum computing services. The services will be offered by HCLTech’s Q-Labs, one of Microsoft’s partners who has previously offered Azure Quantum credits.

In this collaboration, HCLTech’s Q-Labs will develop proof of concept (PoC) business use cases and on-cloud demonstrations of quantum technologies for the company’s clients. The cooperation between Microsoft and HCLTech Q-Lab, according to Linda Lauw, senior director of Microsoft’s Azure Quantum Planning and Partnerships, has witnessed “excellent involvement”.

According to a statement from the business, HCLTech’s Q-Labs also fosters early-stage research initiatives aiming to create commercial quantum computing applications. In order to create these use cases, Q-Lab will make the quantum computing cloud service available to “near to 1,000 people throughout the world” as part of its relationship with Microsoft.

The three most well-known cloud-based services that give companies access to quantum hardware through the cloud are Microsoft’s Azure Quantum, Google’s Cirq, and IBM’s Quantum. Each of these businesses is slowly but surely moving closer to commercializing quantum computing services.

IIT Madras students now have access to IBM Quantum’s quantum hardware thanks to a relationship the two institutions announced in September of last year.

On February 22, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that a group of researchers at the business had been successful in creating “logical qubits,” which are larger versions of the basic quantum computing building parts, and utilizing them to lower the computational mistakes produced by quantum computers. The latter’s essential computer component, qubits, need a particular set of circumstances in order to function at their quantum state. The researchers asserted that by combining 47 qubits into a single, bigger entity, they improved the accuracy of quantum calculations and so moved closer to commercializing quantum computers.

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