Recent advancement in quantum computing has brought about a rapid increase in quantum activities across the world. To meet the growing demand for quantum infrastructure, the American technology giant IBM has unveiled its collaboration with Yonsei University to launch the Quantum System One in South Korea.
IBM’s Quantum System One is the world’s first integrated quantum computing system. It has been launched in the United States, Germany, Japan and is now set to be launched in South Korea. The IBM Quantum System One is scheduled to be deployed at the Songdo International Campus and is expected to be online by 2023.
As driven by the Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea, the deployment of the Quantum System One is a significant milestone that serves as the beginning of a new era of quantum workforce development in Korea and is expected to foster about 1,000 researchers and scientists by 2030. This is to increase the overall quantum workforce in future.
The collaboration is in line with the Korean Government’s plan to grow quantum talents, expand the national quantum workforce, and encourage global collaboration through their investment strategy on research and development of quantum technology.
The duo will work together to build and increase the available quantum workforce and make quantum computing accessible and beneficial to industries and society. To make this possible, priority will be placed on building quantum programming, application and technology development skills and expertise. There are also plans to establish a local quantum community that will consist of industries, academic and research institutions focused on research activities for the advancement of quantum computing in Korea.
Yonsei University, which will be the second quantum computing hub in Korea after Sungkyunkwan University, will join the IBM Quantum Network – a global network that consists of more than 170 members, including Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, academic institutions and research labs that work together to advance quantum computing. IBM Quantum is also working with other institutions such as the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) to build a solid base to secure national importance in quantum computing.
By 2023, the Quantum System One at Yonsei University is expected to be online. You can read more here