IBM’s Quantum Cloud Provides Access to the “Largest Single Quantum Computing System”


IBM has announced the opening of a quantum computing center in New York that will provide quantum computing on its cloud network.

The center will house the tech giant’s 14th quantum computer, a 53-bit quantum, or qubit, model that will be the data processing element of the service.

IBM said it will be the largest quantum computing system available for external access. For context, Google has a 72-qubit computer, but so far hasn’t let outsiders run programs on it.

Although the technology is still largely experimental, IBM has already worked on a number of potential case studies with major customers. According to Dario Gil, director of IBM Research, the company’s strategy is to move quantum computing beyond isolated lab experiments and into the hands of tens of thousands of users.

“In order to strengthen an emerging quantum community of educators, researchers and software developers who share the passion to revolutionize computing, we have built several generations of quantum processor platforms that we integrate into high-level quantum systems. availability, “he said.

“We iterate and improve the performance of our systems several times a year and this new 53-qubit system now incorporates the next processor family on our roadmap.”

To begin with, ten quantum computing systems were brought online through IBM’s Quantum Computer Center. Its fleet now consists of five 20-qubit systems, one 14-qubit system and four 5-qubit systems. Five of these systems now have a quantum volume of 16 – a measure of the power of a quantum computer – demonstrating a new step in sustained performance.

Over the next month, that portfolio of quantum computers will grow to 14 systems, including the new 53-qubit quantum computer.

Earlier this month, IBM announced a partnership with applied research organization Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to study quantum computing in Germany. The tech giant hopes to be a hub in the country as technology accelerates.

Additionally, IBM is already working on potential use cases with partners, such as bank JP Morgan Chase, which came up with a quadratic acceleration algorithm that could allow financial analysts to perform option pricing and pricing. near real-time risk analysis.

The tech giant is also working with Mitsubishi Chemical to develop a quantum computing process to understand the reaction between lithium and oxygen in lithium-air batteries, in hopes that it can lead to more efficient batteries. for mobile devices and cars.

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