IBM has partnered with Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, to deploy the country’s first IBM quantum system. Announced at the IBM Quantum Summit 2021, the partnership aims to advance quantum computing, grow the quantum workforce, and foster economic opportunities in the region.
With this, Korea is set to become the fourth country in the world to have a co-located IBM Quantum System One, the world’s first integrated quantum computing system, after the United States, Germany and Japan. It is expected to be deployed at the Songdo International Campus.
“Korea already has exceptional capabilities in various industries and research fields – from biotechnology and medicine to manufacturing and financial services. This cooperation between IBM and Yonsei University to establish a quantum computing ecosystem will only serve to further strengthen the country’s capacity, ”said Sung Shik. Gagné, general manager of IBM Korea.
The partnership aims to bring together industry, universities and research institutions in Korea, creating a local ecosystem to focus on research and development activities of strategic importance. As part of this effort, high priority will be given to building skills and expertise in quantum programming, application and technology development, IBM said in a press release.
Commenting on the partnership, Seoung Hwan Suh, President of Yonsei University, said, “Yonsei University, which has the largest medical network and the largest research workforce in Korea, hopes to create synergy in research and education based on quantum computing through collaboration with IBM. We look forward to partners joining us to help make Yonsei University Korea’s quantum computing center.
Meanwhile, IBM unveiled a new 127-qubit “Eagle” processor, its first quantum processor developed and deployed to contain more than 100 operational and connected qubits. The new processor follows IBM’s 65-qubit “Hummingbird” processor that was unveiled last year and advances the company’s industry-leading roadmaps for improving the performance of its quantum systems.