ExxonMobil, Research Labs Join IBM-Led Network to Advance Quantum Computing

ExxonMobil and five research laboratories have joined an IBM-led network to explore potential scientific and business applications of quantum computing.

The IBM Q Network is a community of companies, research labs, startups and academic institutions and works to accelerate research into quantum computing by providing access to quantum software, developer tools and other resources, IBM said Tuesday.

The research labs that have become new members of the network are CERN, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Fermilab plans to use quantum computers in machine learning to facilitate object classification in cosmology survey applications, while Argonne intends to come up with quantum algorithms to address challenges in physics and chemistry.

“These organizations will work directly with IBM scientists, engineers and consultants to explore quantum computing for specific industries,” said Bob Sutor, vice president of IBM Q strategy and ecosystem.

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