U.S. tech firm International Business Machines Corp. partnership with Japanese industry to accelerate advances in quantum computing, deepening ties between the 2 countries in an emerging and sensitive field.
Members of the new group, which incorporates Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd, will gain cloud-based access to IBM’s U.S. quantum computers. The group also will have access to a quantum computer, referred to as IBM Q System One, which IBM expects to line up in Japan within the half of next year.
The “Quantum Innovation Initiative Consortium” are going to be based at the University of Tokyo and also includes Toyota Motor Corp , financial institutions and chemical manufacturers. It will aim to extend Japan’s quantum skill base and permit companies to develop uses for the technology.
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It follows a agreement between IBM and the university, signed late last year to further co-operation in quantum computing, which holds the promise of superseding today’s supercomputers by harnessing the properties of sub-atomic particles.
IBM and the university, signed a agreement late last year to further co-operation in quantum computing, which holds the promise of superseding today’s supercomputers by harnessing the properties of sub-atomic particles.
Dario Gil, director of IBM Research, said “We’re trying to build a quantum industry,” .“It’s going to take these large scale efforts.”
The partnership comes as the United States and its allies compete with China in the race to develop quantum technology, which could fuel advances in artificial intelligence, materials science and chemistry.
The partnership comes because the US and its allies compete with China within the race to develop quantum technology, which could fuel advances in AI , materials science and chemistry.
Gil said , We have to recognise quantum is an extremely important, competitive and sensitive technology and we treat it as such .
Last September, IBM said it would bring a quantum computer to Germany and partner with an applied research institute there.
IBM is targeting a minimum of doubling the facility of its quantum computers annually and hopes to ascertain its system become a service powering corporations’ operations behind the scenes.