The machine has been installed at IBM Research’s Shin-Kawasaki facility is located at NANOBIC, a joint research facility operated by industry, academia and government and hosted by Kawasaki City of Japan. The is the second IBM quantum computer installed outside the United States with the first being installed in Germany last April. It will be managed with the University of Tokyo as part of the Quantum Innovation Initiative Consortium (QIIC) to facilitate collaboration on quantum computing between industry, academia, and government in Japan. Other members of the QIIC include DIC, Hitachi, JSR, Keio University, Mitsubishi Chemical, Mizuho, MUFG, Sony, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Toshiba, Toyota, and Yokogawa. Additional information about this new quantum computer installation is available in a news release from IBM which can be found here. IBM has also posted a nice video on YouTube that shows the arrival, assembly, and installation of the machine at IBM’s Kawasaki facility.

July 27, 2021