FRANKFURT (Reuters) – IBM is joining forces with a German research institute to explore the potential of quantum computing, and is supported by the government, is planning to invest 650 million euros ($717 million) over two years within a broader research in the field.
FILE PHOTO: A man stands in the vicinity of an IBM logo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 25, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/Photo File
Berlin’s support, it was sealed in a meeting on Tuesday between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty is one of Europe’s largest economy, is trying to get to and from the United States and China in the global technology race.
IBM will be installing a magnet System in A quantum computer, and one of its subsidiaries, in Germany, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Society – institute-for-applied – research-building a research unit, and the community that surrounds it.
Quantum computers will be able to operate millions of times faster than today’s advanced computers.
The technology is based on quantum bits, or qubits, which can be “superposed” on one another, exponentially increasing the amount of information that can be processed. IBM’s Q-a System, A machine, with 20 qubits.
“This work has been done in order to be an important catalyst for the european innovation landscape, and research potential”, said Martin Jetter, vice president, and chairman of IBM Europe.
The quantum computer – the first to be used by IBM outside of the United States of america is going to be sent to Germany, and it is a set-up for next year. In the meantime, the German researchers will have access to IBM’s US-based, the Q Network, a research forum.
The building of a research community around the project that has the potential to be “a unique concentration of skills,” Jetter told the news organizations, drawing parallels to the origins of Silicon Valley in the United States of america.
The development of viable quantum computers, has proven to be a tremendous challenge, as they will rely on superconductivity that can be attained only at temperatures close to absolute zero.
Any instability of the qubits, for example, due to vibrations, it may result in “noise,” that is, to ensure that the calculation of errors and the undermining of a quantum computer is the ability to solve problems.
The Q-System, introduced in January, it is mainly used in a research setting, but is IBM, which has branched out into cloud computing and the use of artificial intelligence in the last few years, hoping to turn it into a commercial proposition.
The researchers will be able to gain access to a quantum computer, using IBM’s cloud-based service, with tasks ranging from mapping to complex molecular systems and chemical reactions, the creation of artificial intelligence more robust.
It can also be used to financial risk, and an analysis of the portfolio, and the comparisons that can be performed on quantum computers that are similar to economic systems, said Torsten, Uwe Siebert, director of the Quantum Technologies Programme of the German Fraunhofer Society.
Merkel’s government last year said it would be about 3 billion euros to be the sponsor of the research and development of artificial intelligence is the same in 2025 as it tries to regain ground in the cutting-edge of research.
Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise