WRAL Techwire: IBM chooses NC State as partner for first IBM Quantum Computing Hub in North America

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by Allan Maurer — May 10, 2018

North Carolina State University will be the first in North America to establish a university-based IBM Quantum Computing hub as part of the global IBM Q Network. The hub is expected to be operational on Raleigh’s Centennial Campus by October.

The network is a collaboration of Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and national research labs working directly with IBM to advance quantum computing. NC State joins three other already established university hubs worldwide: the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom; Keio University, Japan; and the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The partnership between the NC State and IBM aims to advance quantum computing, interdisciplinary research, and student development. The hub, NC State says, “Creates a unique opportunity for the university to address its strategic plan of supporting interdisciplinary scholarship and preparing students for the future.

The hub will give industry and research collaborators early access to IBM’s commercial quantum computing systems through a port on campus. Hub members have remote IBM Cloud access to its 20-qubit processor system housed at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. IBM expects to provide members with access to a 50-qubit machine within a year.

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