U.K. partners with IBM to produce breakthrough discoveries using quantum computing and artificial intelligence

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The United Kingdom government has launched a five-year, $ 297.5 million partnership with IBM. There will be 60 scientists working on the project, as well as interns and students. The HNCDI program will support a variety of industry projects. The initiative is part of the company’s Discovery Accelerator initiative, which aims to accelerate discovery and innovation via the convergence of advanced technologies.   


The United Kingdom government has announced that it is partnering with IBM for a five-year, £210 million ($ 297.5 million) collaboration. It’s a quantum computing and artificial intelligence partnership founded to produce breakthrough discoveries and build sustainable solutions in disciplines spanning life sciences to manufacturing.

IBM said in a statement that the initiative would employ 60 scientists, as well as interns and students, to work at the U.K.’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at Hartree Centre in Daresbury, Cheshire, with the backing of IBM Research.

The newly formed Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI) will “apply (A.I.), high-performance computing (HPC) and cloud technologies, quantum computing, and data analytics” to promote research in fields such as materials development and environmental sustainability. The HNCDI initiative will fund several industry initiatives to accelerate the adoption of advanced digital technology by U.K. businesses of all sizes.

Amanda Solloway, U.K. science, research and innovation minister, said, “Artificial intelligence and quantum computing have the potential to revolutionize everything from the way we travel to the way we shop. They are exactly the kind of fields I want the U.K. to be leading in.”

With an IBM Hybrid Cloud-accessible link to the IBM Quantum Network, the STFC Hartree Center joins over 150 worldwide organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 firms to startups, as part of the HNCDI initiative. The Quantum Network is a collection of high-end quantum computers and development tools assembled by the computing behemoth.

Access to its commercial and experimental A.I. products and technologies would be available for work in areas such as material design, scaling and automation, supply chain logistics, and trustworthy A.I. applications, IBM said.

According to IBM, the program is part of the company’s Discovery Accelerator effort, which aims to “accelerate discovery and innovation based on a convergence of sophisticated technologies” at research institutes like HNCDI. The Discovery Accelerator research facility will be IBM’s first in Europe.

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