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IBM, NQCC to Offer Researchers Quantum Computing Access

Move aims to boost the development of novel technologies and drive new discoveries across sectors

John Potter

November 7, 2023

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The interior of an IBM quantum computer
IBM will offer researchers cloud access to its fleet of quantum computers. IBM

The U.K. National Quantum Computing Center (NQCC) and IBM have agreed to offer scientists cloud access to IBM's fleet of quantum computers, including the 127-qubit Eagle processor. The move aims to open up fresh research paths and supports NQCC’s goal of tackling complex problems across sectors using quantum computing.

“Providing quantum computing access is an important step in contributing towards the national effort,” said NQCC Director Michael Cuthbert.

“The agreement with IBM will enable the NQCC to provide utility-scale quantum computing resources for the U.K.’s vibrant research community, which will open up new avenues of fundamental and applied research, with the prospect of boosting the development of novel technologies and drive new discoveries.”

IBM’s collaboration with NQCC aligns with the U.K.'s National Quantum Strategy $3 billion investment pledge. The program is co-sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The new program will operate alongside the Hartree National Center for Digital Innovation's work with IBM that focuses on harnessing AI, high-performance computing and quantum computing to propel U.K. industries and public services forward.

“Organizations that collaborate with the NQCC will have the opportunity to access quantum computers which, as shown in recently published research, are capable of accurately modeling a physical system in nature beyond leading classical approaches,” said IBM Quantum vice-president of adoption and business development Scott Crowder.

Related:UK Government Sets Out Quantum Ambitions

“This ‘quantum utility’ gives our users the ability to explore hard problems — and to begin extracting real value.”

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