The move aims to deliver real-world quantum computing power for Japanese companies to develop novel drugs and materials, among other applications, by 2025.
Most quantum computing technologies require processors to operate at temperatures close to absolute zero, necessitating bulky refrigeration equipment that is incompatible with existing data centers. Riken intends to get around this by operating the quantum computer from a separate facility to Fugaku and tapping its processing power over a communications link.
Fugaku will process the bulk of the calculations and only offload the algorithms that quantum technology solves more efficiently to the quantum computer. Fugaku will then assemble the results to deliver the solution.
Riken plans to launch an alliance of companies including Toyota Motor,
Fugaku is a petascale supercomputer developed by the government-backed institute and Fujitsu. Fujitsu also operates a 39-qubit quantum simulator on a supercomputer that uses the same CPU as Fugaku.
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