Microsoft partners with Copenhagen University on quantum computing

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 08 September 2017
Microsoft partners with Copenhagen University on quantum computing

Microsoft and Copenhagen University have signed a long-term collaboration agreement on the development of a general-purpose, scalable quantum computer.

Computers based on quantum technology have the potential to solve and execute complex mathematical calculations much faster than any existing computer built with ordinary bits. Bits that are based on quantum particles, known as qubits, will – when stabilised and integrated into a computer – generate unprecedented performance. This will translate into the ability to create significant opportunities and tackle pressing challenges like global warming, material and drug design, IT security and encryption, and more.

The partnership includes the expansion of facilities at the University’s North Campus, where the Niels Bohr Institute’s Centre for Quantum Devices is based.

“The University of Copenhagen’s quantum research contributes to placing Danish research at the very top, which was evidenced today by the IT giant, Microsoft, expanding its investment in a quantum development centre in Denmark. It’s a perfect example of how a university can create value in collaboration with the business sector from all over the world,” says the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, Søren Pind.

“The critical pillars for successful and productive quantum research already exist at the University of Copenhagen – an aligned vision between Microsoft and the University, an exceptional team of top Quantum researchers, a broad and deep pool of post doctorate and student talent, and a solid baseline of facilities and equipment dedicated to Quantum research,” said David Pritchard, chief of staff for the Artificial Intelligence and Research division at Microsoft. “We look forward to harnessing this to make impressive advancements in the research and development of a useful, scalable quantum computer capable of transforming the global economy and solving the world’s hardest problems.” 

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