Through the launch of the Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator, the Government of Quebec and IBM have announced plans for a new partnership to further establish Quebec as a leading technology hub in the development of quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI), semiconductors, and high-performance computing (HPC).
The new technology hub will concentrate on the development of new projects, collaborations, and skill-building programs in critical research fields such as energy, life sciences, and sustainability.
The Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator will operate in tandem with the Government of Quebec’s Innovation Zones in Sherbrooke and Bromont, as well as the Microelectronics Innovation Zone in Bromont, to promote the use of innovative technology throughout the province. The Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator, in collaboration with partners in scientific research and the corporate sector, seeks to create improvements utilizing computational technologies such as:
- Quantum Computing – Leveraging an IBM Quantum System One to be deployed at IBM’s Bromont facility for the use of the Government of Quebec and its partners, to facilitate the mission of the Government of Quebec’s Innovation Zones the Discovery Accelerator will explore complex problems including the modeling of new materials and how quantum computing can be used as part of broader sustainability efforts.
- Artificial Intelligence – Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator teams will use a range of artificial intelligence models to explore use cases such as the discovery of new drugs.
- High Performance Computing: The Discovery Accelerator will leverage a major base of high-performance computing (HPC) in order to integrate classical and quantum technology to explore various scientific challenges.
The convergence of these technologies through the Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator in Quebec would represent a step forward in promoting technology development in the region to broaden computation’s horizons. It would also build on IBM’s deep knowledge of semiconductor design and packaging, including work done at IBM’s Bromont, Quebec facility.
Following previous announcements with Cleveland Clinic, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council Hartree Centre, the Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator is the fourth such Accelerator to be revealed in the last 12 months.
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Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator
“Quebec’s potential to innovate in high technology and be a leader in the economy of the future is immense,” said François Legault, Premier of Quebec. “We have world-class universities, creative entrepreneurs and talented workers. The dedicated IBM quantum computer will pave the way for us to make incredible progress in areas such as artificial intelligence and modeling. Quantum science is the future of computing. With our innovation zone, we’re positioning ourselves at the forefront of this future.”
In addition to its quantum system in Quebec, IBM wants to improve technological education and skills development, as well as provide access to tools such as the Generative Modeling Toolkit for Science and RoboRXN. These technologies are part of IBM’s expanding Accelerated Discovery portfolio, which aims to accelerate research and development in areas such as genomics and medication design.
“The Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator is further proof of our commitment to building open communities of innovation to tackle the big problems of our time through a combination of quantum computing, AI and high-performance computing, all integrated through the hybrid cloud,” said Dr. Darío Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, IBM. “This new Discovery Accelerator, along with our work in semiconductor packaging, will bring to bear the full scope of IBM’s groundbreaking technology to Quebec’s world-class scientific and industrial communities. We are proud to be working with the Government of Quebec, as well as private sector and academic partners, to take innovation in Quebec to the next level.”