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IBM, University of Tokyo Partner on Quantum Computing Project

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International Business Machines Corporation (IBM - Free Report) recently entered into an alliance with the University of Tokyo to form the Japan-IBM Quantum Partnership, with an aim to make advancements in quantum computing field.

Per the deal, IBM’s IBM Q System One will be installed in the company’s facility in Japan. This will mark the third installation globally subsequent to the United States and Germany.

IBM and University of Tokyo will utilize Q System One to focus on research and development of quantum computing system, algorithms and applications; and enhance the status of quantum science education in Japan.

Both the entities aim to develop a laboratory facility, part of quantum system technology center, focused on testing and devising of innovative hardware components, including advanced microwave and cryogenic test capabilities.

We believe the latest partnership will aid the company in enhancing research in quantum computing field and increasing efficiency of its quantum computing systems and services.

Quantum Computing: Long-term Prospects

Quantum computing technologies can revolutionize commerce, cloud security, drug discovery, and supply chain and logistics, defense and military domains.

Technology companies in collaboration with quantum physicists are focusing on delivering solutions to facilitate the development of fault-tolerant algorithms, viable and scalable, quantum computer to address issues beyond current advanced supercomputing capabilities.

With these latest quantum computing initiatives, IBM also aims to aid enterprises in accelerating financial modeling processes and address technical problems in real-time.

Notably, cognitive systems such as IBM Watson run on classical computers and are capable of finding patterns and insights by deciphering large amount of data. However, in the absence of any such recognizable patterns, these systems are not of much use.
 

This is where quantum computers come into play as they are capable of providing solutions to problems where recognizable patterns don’t exist.

Moreover, the global quantum computing market is gaining momentum on the back of growing need for model capability boost and simulation of complex data.

Per a report from MarketsandMarkets, this particular market is expected to reach $93 million in 2019 and $283 million by 2024, witnessing a CAGR of 24.9%.

Further, a Tractica report indicates that revenues in the enterprise quantum computing market worldwide are anticipated to reach $9.1 billion by 2030.

Growing worldwide spending on quantum computing will act as a key catalyst in this regard. Notably, this is being led by government and academia institution funding.

Not surprisingly then, competition in the sector is intensifying with the presence of major players such as Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) , Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) , Alphabet’s (GOOGL - Free Report) Google and Intel, and others including D-Wave Systems, 1QB Information Technologies, QxBranch, to name a few.

Tech Majors’ Initiatives in Quantum Computing

The notable tech players are leaving no stone unturned to commercialize and democratize quantum computing into enterprise domain.

Amazon’s latest preview launch of Amazon Braket by Amazon Web Service (AWS) at the AWS re:Invent event, is worth mentioning. Meanwhile, Microsoft Azure recently announced Azure Quantum, a full-stack, open cloud ecosystem providing a diverse set of quantum services.

Moreover, Intel recently unveiled “Horse Ridge,” which the chipmaker claims to be “first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip” aimed at commercialization of quantum computers. Intel’s research on “silicon spin qubits” to address the challenges pertaining to refrigerating of the quantum system, are noteworthy.

Nonetheless, IBM’s endeavor in the rapidly growing quantum computing field along with its strategic initiatives is expected to boost financial performance, in the days ahead.

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