The National Quantum Computing Centre focuses on cloud access for quantum
As we begin to commercialize the first quantum technologies in the coming years, cloud is going to offer one significant way to improve access, especially for businesses looking to experminent with this technology. Indeed, techUK hashighlighted the criticallity of quantum cloud for commercialisation in our Quantum Commercialisation Report.
At the the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC), in an effort to spur new research avenues centred on the application of quantum computing, they have announced a new partnership with IBM that will grant UK researchers cloud access to IBM Quantum's Premium Plan of quantum computing systems. The aim of this being for The NQCC to enable the UK to address some of society's most complex challenges by maximising the potential of quantum computing.
The new programme from the NQCC is co-sponsored by both the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), with the united goal of broadening the UK's horizon for new research possibilities. The programme will enable the UK academic, research and public sector communities to benefit substantially by providing proof of concept projects, credible studies, and discovery-led science. Additionally, with the DSIT's recently published National Quantum Strategy and the commitment of a £2.5 billion in investment, it seems now is a better time than ever for industries across the UK to explore the possibilities of quantum computing.
NQCC's director Dr Michael Cuthburt expressed how the UK’s future of research can be aided by quantum computing, “The agreement with IBM will enable the NQCC to provide utility-scale quantum computing resources for the UK’s vibrant research community, which will open up new avenues of fundamental and applied research, with the prospect of boosting the development of novel technologies and drive new discoveries.”
The NQCC intends to help the UK to become a quantum-ready nation and reap the full benefits of quantum computing. It will serve to increase access to quantum computing resources for UK-based users by providing skill development and hands-on experience of working with quantum-computing via their SparQ programme:
The full article from IBM can be read here.
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