IBM and Quebec Government team up to accelerate discovery on the first IBM Quantum System in Canada

Quebec Government and IBM announced their partnership in launching the Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator, a new technological hub that will focus on the use of quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing to improve discovery and solutions in energy, life science, and sustainability. The discovery accelerator will be a step towards flourishing Quebec’s high-tech sector, building on the existing semiconductor innovation ecosystem.

One of the major objectives of this collaboration is to strive to make Quebec a leading technology hub in the development of quantum computing, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, and high-performance computing in the country.

The Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator will align its goals together with the Government’s Innovation Zones located in Sherbrooke and Bromont, as well as the Microelectronics Innovation Zone in Bromont. The project aims to promote the use of innovative technology throughout the provinces, partners working with the Discovery Accelerator seeks to create developments using computational technologies.

Advances in Using Computational Technologies

  • Quantum computing continues to aim explore complex problems including the designing of new materials. Integration of quantum computing as a way of sustainability.
  • Artificial Intelligence will be supported by the Teams from the Quebec-IBM Development Accelerator, with the use of various artificial intelligence models to design and create drug discovery
  • High-performance computing: The Discovery Accelerator will use a large amount of high-performance computing (HPC) to study diverse scientific challenges by combining classical and quantum technology.

Quebec’s potential to innovate in high technology and be a leader in the economy of the future is immense. We have world-class universities, creative entrepreneurs and talented workers. The dedicated IBM quantum computer will pave the way for us to make incredible progress in areas such as artificial intelligence and modeling. Quantum science is the future of computing. With our innovation zone, we’re positioning ourselves at the forefront of this future.

François Legault, Premier of Quebec.

The convergence of these technologies through the Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator in Quebec is a step forward in promoting technology development in the region to broaden computation’s horizons, and it builds on IBM’s deep knowledge of semiconductor design and packaging, including work done at IBM’s Bromont, Quebec facility.

The Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator is further proof of our commitment to building open communities of innovation to tackle the big problems of our time through a combination of quantum computing, AI and high-performance computing, all integrated through the hybrid cloud.

This new Discovery Accelerator, along with our work in semiconductor packaging, will bring to bear the full scope of IBM’s groundbreaking technology to Quebec’s world-class scientific and industrial communities. We are proud to be working with the Government of Quebec, as well as private sector and academic partners, to take innovation in Quebec to the next level.

Dr. Darío Gil, SVP and Director of Research, IBM

In addition to its quantum system in Quebec, IBM wants to improve education and skills development, as well as provide access to software such as the Generative Modeling Toolkit for Science and RoboRXN. These technologies are part of IBM’s expanding Accelerated Discovery portfolio, which aims to accelerate research and development in areas such as genomics and medication design.

Read more about the press release on the Official IBM page.