The Race For Quantum Supremacy
IBM concludes "quantum union" with the Japanese to overtake China
American technology company International Business Machines Corp. on Thursday launched a research partnership with Japanese industry to accelerate the development of quantum computing by deepening ties between the two countries in this emerging and sensitive area..
Members of the new group, which includes Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd, will have cloud access to IBM quantum computers in the US. The group will also have access to a quantum computer known as the IBM Q System One, which IBM plans to install in Japan in the first half of next year..
«Quantum Innovation Initiative Consortium» (The Quantum Innovation Initiative Consortium) will be based at the University of Tokyo and will also include Toyota Motor Corp, financial institutions and chemical manufacturers. It will aim to expand the core knowledge base of quantum technologies in Japan and enable companies to develop ways to apply them..
The event follows an agreement between IBM and the university signed late last year for further quantum computing collaboration that promises to replace modern supercomputers using the properties of subatomic particles.
«We’re trying to build a quantum industry, Reuters told Reuters Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research. – This massive effort will be undertaken».
Why China’s winning the quantum computing race
The partnership unfolds as the United States and its allies vie with China in a race to develop quantum technologies that could spur advances in artificial intelligence, materials science and chemistry..
«We must recognize that quantum is an extremely important, competitive and sensitive technology, and we treat it as such.», – said Gil.
Last September, IBM announced that it would bring a quantum computer to Germany and become a partner of the Institute for Applied Research there..
IBM aims to at least double the power of its quantum computers every year and hopes its system will become a service that powers corporations.
Quantum computers rely on superconductivity, which can only be achieved at temperatures close to absolute zero, making the development of viable systems a technical challenge..