IBM has announced that it has built its most powerful universal quantum processor till to the date. It is a 17-qubit prototype that will be the basis for the first commercial quantum computing systems to be offered as part of the IBM Q program.
A year ago, the company opened up public access to its quantum processors through the IBM Cloud platform, initially to serve as a tool for scientific research. So far more than 300,000 quantum experiments have been run in the cloud. In early March, the corporation announced the arrival of IBM Q, a commercial line of quantum computers for businesses and laboratories that will provide quantum systems and services through the cloud.
Now, IBM announces the introduction of two new processors in its program that come to improve their predecessors. One of them has 16 qubits and will replace 5 qubits. It is freely available to developers, programmers, and researchers and it is possible to run quantum algorithms, work with individual quantum bits, as well as explore tutorials and simulations. You can request beta access on this link and the development kit is available on GitHub.
The other is the first IBM commercial processor prototype with 17 qubits for companies and laboratories. It takes advantage of architecture and materials optimization to deliver performance that could be up to twice as powerful as the current public IBM Cloud access.
“The major engineering improvements announced today will allow IBM to scale future processors to include 50 or more qubits and demonstrate computing capabilities that go beyond classical computing systems,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director at IBM Research and Hybrid Cloud.
Thanks to the IBM platform companies, laboratories and scientists can address problems too complex for classic computer systems like Watson. Their future applications could be the following:-
- Optimization of activity: Offer better solutions to complex optimization problems found in supply chains, logistics, financial data modeling and risk analysis.
- Artificial intelligence: The implication in different areas, such as the most powerful machine learning.
- Security in the cloud: Use the laws of quantum physics to improve the security of private data in the cloud.