HCL Technologies collaborates Microsoft to introduce quantum computing to clients

HCL Technologies collaborates Microsoft to introduce quantum computing to clients

Homegrown information technology (IT) facilities firm, HCL Technologies, on Monday, announced an agreement with Microsoft’s quantum cloud computing service, Azure Quantum. By using Microsoft's platform as the technological stack, HCLTech will provide its clients with cloud-based quantum computing services. The services will be provided by HCLTech's Q-Labs, one of Microsoft's partners that has previously offered Azure Quantum credits.

Through this partnership, HCLTech’s Q-Labs will create on-cloud examples of quantum technologies and will showcase proof of concept (PoC) business use cases to the company’s clients. Linda Lauw, senior director at Microsoft’s Azure Quantum Planning and Partnerships, said that an early phase of Microsoft and HCLTech Q-Lab’s partnership has seen “impressive engagement" from “introducing enterprises to quantum computing foundations and applicatioins explorable right not through PoC pilots."

HCLTech’s Q-Labs also incubates early-stage research programs that seek to develop industrial quantum computing applications, the company said in a statement. Under its partnership with Microsoft, Q-Lab will offer the quantum computing cloud service to “close to 1,000 employees around the world", in order to develop such use cases.

Microsoft’s Azure Quantum, along with Google’s quantum computing service ‘Cirq’ and IBM’s Quantum, are among the most prominent cloud-based services that offer businesses access to quantum hardware over the cloud. Each of these companies are making gradual progresses towards bringing quantum computing services to the commercial fold.

In September last year, IBM Quantum announced a partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, offering the latter’s students access to its quantum hardware in order to help develop algorithms, applications and skillsets among engineers.

On February 22, Google chief Sundar Pichai said that a team of researchers at the company succeeded in developing ‘logical qubits’ — larger fundamental building blocks of quantum computing — and using the same to reduce computational errors made by quantum computers. The latter require a specific set of conditions in order for its fundamental computing factor, qubits, to operate at their quantum state. By grouping together 47 qubits into a larger single entity, the researchers claimed to have made quantum calculations more reliable, thus taking a step towards making quantum computers commercially viable.