Scholars from University of Lagos (UNILAG), University of Ibadan (UI), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and thirteen other universities across Africa are set to join Wits University as part of the African Research Alliance (ARUA) to firther Quantum Computing efforts.
Report made available to campusbiz shows that, Quantum computing promises to be able to solve certain problems such as chemical simulations and types of optimisation that will forever be beyond the practical reach of classical machines.
IBM first made quantum computers available to the public in May 2016 through its IBM Q Experience quantum cloud service and has doubled the power of its quantum computers anually since 2017.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Wits University (Research and Postgraduate Affairs), Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi said, “To expand the IBM Q Neywork to include Wits will drive innovation in frontier-technologies and benefir African-based researchers, academics and students who now have access to decades of quantum computing capabilities at the click of a button.”
Researchers at Wits University will investigate the use of quantum computing and machine learning in the fields of cosmology and molecular biology with a specific focus on HIV drug discovery.
Scholars from sixteen ARUA universities include: University of Ibadan, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ghana, University of Rwanda, University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, amomg other African universities.