Yonsei University plans to install an IBM Quantum System One at the Songdo International Campus.
The Korean educational institution expects the quantum computer to be online by 2023.
Announced back in 2019, IBM claims its Q System One is the first integrated, general-purpose quantum computer. A 9ft cube, the shell is made of half-inch thick borosilicate glass to contain the required super-cold temperatures.
IBM’s largest quantum computer is currently capable of containing 65 qubits, but this week the company unveiled the 127-qubit Eagle quantum processor, and said that it would soon launch the IBM Quantum System Two.
In March, the company announced it would install its first private sector on-premises quantum computer in the US at the Cleveland Clinic medical center. In June, the company delivered its first quantum computer in Europe to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft outside Stuttgart, Germany. A month later, it partnered with the University of Tokyo to launch another quantum computer.
“We are committed to the growth of the global quantum ecosystem and fostering collaboration between research communities,” said Jay Gambetta, IBM Fellow and VP of Quantum Computing.
“IBM is pleased to partner with Yonsei University in Korea to advance the local quantum workforce and we look forward to working closely with the University’s team and broader ecosystem.”
Korea hopes to foster about 1,000 quantum researchers and scientists by 2030.
Seoung Hwan Suh, president of Yonsei University, said: “I believe that quantum computing is the next generation technology that can bring a breakthrough to the high-tech material and bio technology industries.
“Yonsei University, which has the largest medical network and research manpower in Korea, expects to be able to create synergy in research and education based on quantum computing through collaboration with IBM. We look forward to partners joining us to help establish Yonsei University as Korea’s quantum computing hub.”