Microsoft to power quantum computing R&D at Sydney University

Xavier Trudeau
Juillet 26, 2017

It is expected the investment from Microsoft will provide Station Q Sydney with equipment, allow for the recruitment of new staff, and help build scientific and engineering talent, in addition to helping researchers progress their work in developing quantum technologies.

The University of Sydney has announced the signing of a multi-year quantum computing partnership with Microsoft, creating an unrivalled setting and foundation for quantum research in Sydney and Australia. There are only four labs of this kind in the world.

Reilly joined Microsoft late past year as the scientific director of Station Q Sydney, the Australian arm of Microsoft's global Station Q initiative.

Reilly's team has already demonstrated how spin-off quantum technologies can be used in the near-future to help detect and track early-stage cancers using the quantum properties of nanodiamonds.

"We're investing big to get a scalable quantum computer", David Pritchard, chief of staff for Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, reportedly said. Riley noted that USyd has reached a point where it can move from mathematical modelling and theory to applied engineering for significant scale-up.

Microsoft has teamed up with the University of Sydney to build the world's first quantum computer, which will be capable of solving problems that are beyond the capability conventional computers.

"Our significant investment in quantum computing is a collaborative effort between Microsoft and academia and this is what will ultimately accelerate the transition from pure research to the development of useful quantum machines".

Researchers at the UK's University of Surrey have thrown their hats into the quantum computing ring by developed a way to make phosphorous atoms 'dance'.

Dr Steve Chick, who led the research with professor of physics, Ben Murdin, said the researchers intend to take advantage of the dancing atoms to make "gates" to control when and how the quantum computer works.

"With cutting-edge nanoscience facilities and unique pathways to commercialisation, Sydney is now experiencing the emergence of a quantum economy, which has the potential to create untold educational and economic opportunities for NSW and Australia, just as Silicon Valley has done in California".

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