NC State Joins the IBM Q Network
May 14, 2018
Carolina State University will join the IBM Q Network as the first
university-based IBM Q Hub in North America. The university will work
directly with IBM to advance quantum computing and industry
collaborations, as part of the IBM Q Network's growing quantum computing
A collaboration of leading Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions
and national research labs, the IBM Q Network provides early access to
IBM Q™ commercial quantum computing systems, via the IBM Cloud, with the
goal of exploring practical applications important to business and
science. Hubs within the network are critical for accelerated industry
collaborations, learning, skills development and implementation of
quantum computing, globally.
NC State will broadly engage in joint collaborations with industry and
research affiliates to explore quantum computing. The university will
have access to IBM Q commercial quantum computing devices, including the
most advanced and scalable universal quantum computing systems
available, starting with a 20 qubit IBM Q system, followed by a 50 qubit
system which will be made available in the next generation IBM Q
"Academic collaborations are essential to growing the quantum computing
community as we look to discover practical quantum applications and
drive business and scientific breakthroughs," said Dr. Bob Sutor, vice
president of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem, IBM Research. "Building on a
30-year research and education partnership, NC State will play a key
role in helping IBM continue to extend our quantum computing ecosystem."
State will help foster the growth of a quantum computing ecosystem which
is based on IBM's open source quantum software and developer tools,
including the public IBM Q Experience™, which offers access to 5 qubit
and 16 qubit systems; and the open quantum software development kit,
QISKit™, which allows users to create and run quantum computing
programs. To date, more than 80,000 users of the IBM Q Experience, have
run more than 4 million experiments and generated more than 65
third-party research publications.
"The hub will create a unique
opportunity for NC State to address its strategic plan of supporting
interdisciplinary scholarship and preparing students for the future,"
said Dr. Alan Rebar, vice chancellor for research and innovation at NC
State. "Our researchers and students will work with IBM scientists,
engineers and consultants to further explore and advance quantum
computing. The hub, which will be operated from NC State's Centennial
Campus, will also drive new curriculum development at NC State, focused
on quantum computing."
North Carolina State University is the latest university hub to join the
IBM Q Network, which currently includes University of Oxford, Keio
University, and University of Melbourne. Additional IBM Q hubs include
IBM Research and Oak Ridge National Lab.