IBM partners with Canadian province of Quebec to push quantum computing

MONTREAL, February 3 (Reuters)International Business Machines Corp. IBM.N is partnering with the Canadian province of Quebec to boost quantum computing in a collaboration that could help advance areas such as battery development, a company official said Thursday.

IBM is deploying for the first time in Canada the quantum computer known as IBM Quantum System One, which is expected to be available at its facilities in Bromont, Quebec, by early 2023, said Anthony Annunziata, director of IBM’s Accelerated Discovery, in an interview.

The partnership with Quebec would integrate quantum computing with cloud technologies, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence (AI) to address broader challenges like the environment.

“Batteries are very difficult to build and improve. We’ve been working on it for decades and progress is slow, incremental,” he said.

“If we bring AI and quantum into the picture, that can start to change and we can really start to understand what’s happening at the heart of batteries and understand new materials and new processes to build much better ones. .”

The United States and other countries are in a race to develop quantum technology, which could fuel advances in artificial intelligence, materials science and chemistry.

Quantum computers could run millions of times faster than today’s advanced supercomputers.

The technology is based on quantum bits, or qubits, which can be “superimposed” on top of each other, exponentially increasing the amount of information that can be processed.

Annunziata said IBM has partnerships with similar goals in the US and UK.

(Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal Editing by Paul Simao)

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