India and the EU sign cooperation agreement in high performance computing and quantum technology | Latest India News

India and the European Union (EU) on Monday signed an agreement to cooperate in high-tech areas such as climate modeling and quantum technologies, building on the Trade and Technology Council launched by the two parties earlier this year.

The “Intent of Cooperation on High Performance Computing (HPC), Weather Extremes and Climate Modeling and Quantum Technologies” was signed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the General Directorate of Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) during a virtual ceremony.

The agreement builds on commitments made by both sides to deepen technological cooperation on quantum and high-performance computing during the India-EU leaders’ meeting on May 8. -India Trade and Technology Council (TTC)” on April 25, according to an EU statement.

The agreement signed on Monday aims to facilitate collaboration on high performance computing applications using Indian and European supercomputers in areas such as biomolecular drugs, Covid-19 therapeutics, climate change mitigation, natural disaster prediction and quantum computing, according to the release.

The agreement was signed by MeitY Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma and DG CONNECT Director General Roberto Viola.

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Sharma said high performance computing is tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges and the demand for such systems is growing rapidly in various fields. Under this partnership, India and the EU will leverage the expertise of both parties to optimize high performance computing to develop advanced technology solutions across multiple domains.

Viola said combining the experience and expertise of India and the EU, and building on long-standing cooperation and trust can “help each other overcome the greatest challenges of our time, Covid-19 and climate change”. The agreement will also allow both parties to jointly explore the frontiers of quantum technologies, he said.

The India-EU TTC is a strategic mechanism that gives New Delhi access to cutting-edge technologies and allows both sides to set standards in crucial areas such as 5G and artificial intelligence. This is the first such business and technology council set up by India with one of its partners. For the EU, this is only the second body of this type, after the first set up with the United States.

The proposal for the establishment of the council came from the EU side and India accepted it as it will allow both parties to work on issues such as 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, modeling climate and health-related technologies.

Sherry J. Basler