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What Angela Merkel and IBM’s CEO have in common…

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You may be thinking both are power women, they both have positions at the absolute top within large international institutions or that they share a common interest for cats. While that might be the case, those things are not what is of interest in this case. Instead, the German government’s backing for Quantum Computing research sealed between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ginni Rometty (IBM CEO) indicates that both are excited about the latest technology and how it can improve the world we live in. Ultimately solving problems that seemed completely impossible just a few years ago – also from Europe.

The goal for Merkel and Germany? To catch up with China and the USA in the global technology race.

In the next sections, I will outline what this Quantum Computing research backing is all about.

A breakthrough for Quantum Computing in Europe

IBM has recently announced a cooperation with leading European research organization Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to advance quantum computing research and experimentation, ultimately driving the region’s innovation and economic agenda.

Developed by IBM Research, an IBM Q System One, owned and operated by IBM, will be located in an IBM facility in Germany – the first installation of its kind in Europe. Fraunhofer will coordinate user access to IBM Q System One in order to conduct experiments and research with organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to large-scale research facilities.

Industry and academic institutions will leverage it to conduct research that helps untangle complex problems and accelerate the applicability of quantum computing in use cases for science, pharma, supply chains, logistics, financial markets, and other fields.

The creation of an IBM Q Network European hub will foster a concentration of skills in Germany and build an active community of academics, researchers, developers, IT professionals and industry experts around quantum technology. This ecosystem will tackle strategically relevant research and development activities in Germany and across Europe, ultimately creating economic opportunities in the region.

For more about IBM Q, visit: https://www.ibm.com/quantum-computing/

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at janl@dk.ibm.com

CTO, Executive Architect IBM Global Markets, e-Business

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