The University of Copenhagen and tech company Microsoft have signed a deal to develop a “general-purpose, scalable” quantum computer.
Researchers from Microsoft and the university will work together to turn knowledge into tangible reality, the University of Copenhagen said in a statement on 6 September. As part of the deal, Microsoft will establish an R&D laboratory at the university’s north campus, close to the Niels Bohr Institute’s Centre for Quantum Devices.
Computers based on quantum technology have the potential to solve complex mathematical calculations faster than other computers. This will translate into the ability to create significant opportunities and tackle pressing challenges such as global warming, drug design and encryption, the statement said.