Osaka University unveils its third superconducting quantum computer

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The achievement was accomplished as a result of a groundbreaking collaboration in Japan.

Osaka University’s Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Biology in Japan is leading a collaboration that has now unveiled the third successful superconducting quantum computer in the country.

The university worked with a number of core institutions in order to arrive at the achievement.

The collaboration included institutions such as Amazon Web Services, NTT Corporation, RIKEN, and a consortium that includes Fujitsu Limited, e-trees.Japan Inc., QunaSys Inc., QuEL Inc, and Systems Engineering Consultants Co. LTD. Together, they leveraged RIKEN’s 64-qubit chip, underscoring their drive to use components from within Japan to reach their target.

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The quantum computer was seen as a notable achievement in the accessibility of this type of computing as it was launched to be accessible by way of cloud services starting last December 22.

Among the members on this team include Dr. Makoto Negoro (Osaka University), Dr. Masahiro Kitagawa (Osaka University), Dr. Shintaro Sato (Fujitsu), Dr. Yasunobu Nakamura (Riken), among other visionaries. The leap forward in this type of computing is making it possible to enhance software operations, explore quantum algorithms, and remotely examine applications from machine learning to drug discovery and material development.

The emphasis of this quantum computer was on sustainability, using domestically made components.

The development of this technology is being viewed as a test opportunity for the quantum capabilities of Japan. The consortium has proven itself to be heavily committed to achieving progress, with further intentions to refine the software they have developed, achieve cloud workload processing optimization, and push algorithm advancements forward.

The collaborators hope to be able to arrive at machine learning breakthroughs and solutions for problems in optimization, such as those impacting the environment, among other highly complex purposes. The new quantum computer’s development was achieved through funding such as grants from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Quantum Leap Flagship Program, as well as from the “Nakamura Macroscopic Quantum Machine Project” at the Japan Science and Technology Agency ERATO, and from the Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation, Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program.

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