IBM expands quantum computing program to more universities

IBM expands quantum computing program to more universities

IBM has announced that it will expand its commercial quantum computing program called IBM Q Network to more universities in North America. These include Notre Dame, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

The IBM Q Network is designed to develop curricula for students and to establish research collaborations with academics, writes ZDNet. In addition to the aforementioned universities, Big Blue is also expanding its programme to Stony Brook University and the University of Tokyo. The list already consisted of Duke, Harvard and the University of Waterloo.

According to IBM, each university will have its own research focus and angle. For example, Stony Brook will focus on preparing students to work in the quantum technology sector. Notre Dame focuses on applications of quantum technology in chemistry, physics and engineering. Virginia Tech is working on new algorithms for quantum chemistry.

Q System One

Earlier this year, Big Blue unveiled its first quantum computer for the business market, the Q System One. It allows companies to model complex data, such as investments and risks. Previously, quantum computers were only available for research laboratories.

The Q System One is a glass cube of about 3 by 3 meters, which is equipped with exactly the right temperature and other conditions. This means that the computer must be able to do its job optimally. There are possibilities to get the device installed on location, but developers can also access their computer via IBM Cloud.

Quantum computers differ from ordinary computers in that they are able to process more data exponentially. Whereas traditional computers store data in binary numbers – namely ‘zeros’ and ‘ones’ – quantum computers do so with the help of ‘qubits’. They have a special quality, so that ‘zeros’ and ‘ones’ can coexist at the same time. As a result, quantum computers are much more powerful than traditional computers.


In addition to IBM, Google is also investigating the possibility of making quantum computers more stable and how errors can be better found and solved. Furthermore, the company would test qubit processors.

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