Sunday, February 25, 2024

Korea Quantum Computing and IBM to Bring Advanced AI and Quantum Computing to Korea

IBM has announced a collaboration with Korea Quantum Computing (KQC) to offer KQC’s users access to IBM’s most advanced AI software and infrastructure, as well as quantum computing services. This collaboration includes KQC’s offering of IBM software and new AI infrastructure capabilities, including watsonx, an AI and data platform for advanced AI models and software deployment for enterprises.

KQC has been an IBM Quantum Innovation Center since 2022 and will continue to offer access to IBM’s global fleet of utility-scale quantum systems over the cloud. In addition, IBM and KQC plan to deploy an IBM Quantum System Two on-site at KQC in Busan, South Korea, by 2028.

The collaboration also includes an investment in infrastructure to support the development and deployment of generative AI. This includes advanced GPUs and IBM’s Artificial Intelligence Unit (AIU), managed with Red Hat OpenShift to provide a cloud-native environment. Together, the GPU system and AIU combination is being engineered to offer members state-of-the-art hardware to power AI research and business opportunities.

KQC is also collaborating with other Korean organizations on contributions to the country’s quantum computing ecosystem. “KQC has been actively building quantum research collaborations with leading domestic companies in the financial, bio-healthcare and pharmaceutical industries,” said Dr. Joon Young Kim, CEO of KQC.

“We are excited to work with KQC to deploy AI and quantum systems to drive innovation across Korean industries. With this engagement, KQC clients will have the ability to train, fine-tune, and deploy advanced AI models, using IBM watsonx and advanced AI infrastructure. Additionally, by having the opportunity to access IBM quantum systems over the cloud, today — and a next-generation quantum system in the coming years — KQC members will be able to combine the power of AI and quantum to develop new applications to address their industries’ toughest problems,” said Darío Gil, IBM Senior Vice President and Director of Research.

This collaboration is poised to meet the growing demand for high-performance computing and to catalyze industry utilization and ecosystem development. KQC is providing versatile computing infrastructure in Korea through its collaboration with IBM, and they are working diligently to enhance services and infrastructure through this collaboration as well as with their industry-specific partners.