IBM Expands Quantum Computing Presence With Japan-IBM Partnership Agreement

IBM Takes Its Quantum Computer to Japan to Launch Country-Wide Quantum Initiative

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+  The new deal will bring the hub into the broader Japan-IBM Quantum Partnership framework as more companies join, spanning finance, chemistry and materials, pharma, automotive manufacturing and logistics. The idea is to prepare the market, to enable industry partners in Japan to take advantage of the benefits of quantum computing as the technology matures.

The partnership follows a similar one in Germany, announced in September 2019. Both deals see IBM’s recently released commercial quantum computer IBM Q System One installed locally, bringing the number of installations worldwide to three.

+  But that’s only one component of the deal. Another one is to set up a technology center at the University of Tokyo to develop quantum computing system hardware for next-generation quantum computers, with a lab to test advanced components and equipment in cryogenic conditions – cooling it to temperatures lower than in outer space.

+  Finally, the third aspect of the collaboration is to advance quantum computing research and to get more young people interested in pursuing a career in the field. Universities across Japan will have access to the IBM Q System One machine – a unique resource that should help foster a broader future workforce.

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Source:  IBM Research Blog.  Anthony Annunziata,  IBM Takes Its Quantum Computer to Japan to Launch Country-Wide Quantum Initiative…

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