As part of a select group of global leaders, Oxford University will be an initial member of the newly formed IBM Q Network. A collaboration of leading Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and national research labs, the group will work directly with IBM to explore potential practical applications for their quantum computing systems.
While too little is known about quantum information technologies at this stage to enable tangible improvements, the field has the potential to help users to solve problems that are completely impenetrable on conventional supercomputers. Long-term projections suggest that these technologies could bring about game-changing developments, allowing users to understand and predict the properties of complex systems like advanced new materials or drugs.
Oxford and IBM are both dedicating considerable resources to the field, developing both hardware and software solutions for research and commercial applications.