(StraitsTimes.com) IBM and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have embarked on a three-year collaboration to find ways to use quantum computing to solve real-world problems and train quantum scientists.
The collaboration between IBM and NUS, announced yesterday, is the first of its kind in South-east Asia and gives NUS researchers access to 15 of IBM’s powerful quantum computing systems via a cloud service.
It was made possible through the Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP), a $25 million, five-year initiative funded by the National Research Foundation that was launched in July 2018 and is managed by NUS.
The small number of quantum computers has made it difficult for researchers to access them in the past, stalling potential applications. With the cloud service, NUS researchers can access the quantum computers remotely.
“We are already at the taking-off point, but there is still a big gap to bridge between real-world problems and the algorithms for quantum computing,” said QEP co-director and NUS head of electrical and computer engineering John Thong.