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USC joins IBM Quantum Hub

The University of South Carolina (USC) has joined the IBM Quantum Hub at North Carolina State University (NC State). In addition to supporting industry and university partners, the IBM Quantum Hub also focuses on educating the next generation of quantum computing users and developers. 

With the availability of these new quantum computing resources, USC Research Computing will restart its Quantum Computing Workshop Series, which consists of sections three on quantum computing fundamentals, theory, and programming.  Please visit the Research Computing workshops schedule page to see when these workshops will be offered.

Membership in the Quantum Hub also offers USC students unique educational opportunities as Quantum Computing courses are being developed jointly by the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. Students will gain real-world experience in algorithm development and data analysis using state-of-the-art quantum computing systems and will enter the workforce as quantum-ready graduates. Quantum computing has far-reaching potential for research, and exposing students, faculty and researchers across the country to this promising new field that will reap benefits for USC, NC State, and IBM.

“The IBM Q Hub is a major focal point in terms of research, training, and collaboration in the quantum front,” said Hossein Haj-Hariri, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. “I am heartened to see that the IBM Q Hub at NC State also has initiatives for education and training for the community at various levels. I am confident USC faculty, instructors, and undergraduate and graduate students will benefit greatly by our joining the IBM Q Hub as it will facilitate significant new research, training, and educational opportunities.”

With membership in the Quantum Hub, USC will gain access to over 20 of IBM’s quantum computing systems for commercial use and fundamental research. Facilitated through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, USC partners (academic, community and industrial) will have full access to the membership. Consequently, the university faculty and students will have the opportunity to develop and test new algorithms for quantum hardware and collaborate on leading-edge experimental efforts. 

More than 180 clients — including ‎Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, academic institutions and research labs — work with IBM Quantum technology to advance ‎quantum computing and explore practical applications. The IBM Quantum team and clients are researching and exploring how quantum computing will help a ‎variety of industries and disciplines, including finance, energy, chemistry, materials science, ‎optimization and machine learning, among many others.

For more information on the NSCU/IBM Quantum Hub partnership, please check the IBM Quantum Hub page or email Andy Bernardin  at  For more information on the USC Research Computing Quantum Computing Workshops, or to schedule a facilitation on incorporating quantum computing into your research, please email Research Computing at

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