IBM and North Carolina State University are leading the massive amount of research that will be needed to create the full quantum computer ecosystem. The standard computer industry is a nearly $4 trillion a year global ecosystem. There are many companies and researchers working on all aspects of operating systems, chips, electronics, software, testing, security and quality assurance. These systems and software will need to be expanded to accommodate the new world of quantum systems.
Quantum systems are being integrated with traditional computer systems via cloud access and will eventually be integrated into data centers and then as co-processors.
Nextbigfuture interviewed Dan Stancil, Executive Director of the IBM Q Hub. He talked about the research partnership of IBM Q Hub and NC State.
There is also the close involvement with the Research Triangle. The three major research universities of North Carolina State University, Duke University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the cities of Raleigh and Durham and the town of Chapel Hill.
NC State is working researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill to apply quantum computers in finance.
IARPA has provided funding to Duke University for Quantum Computer research.
IBM designated NC State’s Centennial Campus as its first university-based Q Hub in North America (one of only five worldwide).
Delta Air Lines announced it will be the founding industry partner to join the IBM Q Hub at NC State.
Corporate partners will be able to explore the creation of solutions that help with the specific questions that are important to their industry.
Anthem, a leading health benefits company, is the second founding member to join the IBM Q Hub at NC State University.
IBM Q Network™ now includes over 100 organizations, across multiple industries, including: Airline, Automotive, Banking and Finance, Energy, Insurance, Materials and Electronics. Anthem, Delta Air Lines, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and Woodside Energy are among the latest organizations to begin to explore practical applications using quantum computing.
NC State is developing new curriculum that will allow students to work alongside scientists and engineers to help build the computers of tomorrow, problem solve and meet demand for talent in the industry.
North Carolina has a lreading huge role in the advancement of quantum technology. IBM even named its newest 28-qubit quantum computer ‘Raleigh’.
IBM has the world’s largest fleet of quantum computing systems for commercial use cases and fundamental research. This includes a 53-qubit quantum computer, which is the single largest universal quantum system made available for external access in the industry to date.