Quantum computers can process complex information at a spectacular rate and should eventually far surpass even the most powerful of today’s conventional computers.
While technology is still relatively scarce in most parts of the world, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region has seen increased research and adoption of quantum computing.
China was working around the clock on theirs 66-quantum supercomputerZuchongzhi, which they claim can solve problems faster than some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
India is also joining the race for quantum computing after it announced earlier this year that it is creating the first quantum computer. The Department of Science and Technology of India recently launched the Quantum-Enabled Science & Technology (QuEST) program to lay the groundwork for to build quantum computers in India.
Major technologies such as Google, IBM, and Microsoft have already reached significant milestones in quantum computing. Today, IBM and AWS also offer now quantum computing-as-a-service (QcaaS) to businesses looking to experiment with quantum use cases for their organization.
Quantum Computing in Japan
In Japan, IBM and the University of Tokyo unveiled the country’s most powerful quantum computer as part of their ongoing collaboration to advance the country’s research in quantum science, business and education.
Operating for researchers, the IBM Quantum System One offers them access to repeatable and predictable performance from high-quality quits and high-precision control electronics. Strongly linked quantum resources with classic processing enable users to safely run algorithms that require the repetition of quantum circuits on the cloud.
According to Teruo Fujii, President of the University of Tokyo, the university has a broad base of research talent and always promotes high-level quantitative education. They will now aim to refine the development of the next generation of quantum native capabilities using IBM Quantum System One.
“In the rapidly changing field of quantum technology, it is extremely important not only to develop elements and systems related to quantum technology, but also to grow the next generation of human resources to achieve high-level social implementation on a global scale,” Teruo said.
In 2020, the university and IBM launched their Quantum Innovation Initiative Consortium, with the strategic goal of accelerating research and development in quantum computing in Japan bringing together academic talent from across the country’s universities and prominent research associations, and large-scale industry.
It is the second system to be built externally United Statesfollowing the recent launch of IBM Quantum System One in Germanymanaged by Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany’s premier scientific research institution.
APAC seeing increased quantum computing development
Quantum research continues to gain traction in the region. With China and India already very active in building their quantum computer systems, Australia is also looking to take advantage of them.
Astral-based Silicon Quantum Computing is working to deliver a programmable device based on a 100 quantum processor incorporating error adjustment by 2030. The company also plans to enable access to quantum computing solutions for more use cases by the mid-2030s.
In Southeast Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is also working with IBM to find ways to use technology to solve real-world problems and train quantum scientists. The partnership between IBM and NUS, announced last year, is the first of its kind in the region. NUS researchers will have access to 15 of IBM’s powerful quantum computing systems via cloud service.
Although it may take some time before we fully see cases of quantum computing adopted by more organizations, the technology is not slowing down. With more research and development in the field, it is only a matter of time before quantum computers become mainstream.