IBM has offered two significant upgrades for its Q systems, making them the most advanced ecosystem for quantum computing in the world.
The upgrades represent rapid advances in quantum hardware, with focus on systems, software, applications and enablement.
The first IBM Q systems will have a 20 qubit processor, featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging.
According to the multinational technology company. coherence times (the amount of time available to perform quantum computations) lead the field with an average value of 90 microseconds, and allow high-fidelity quantum operations.
IBM has also built and measured an operational prototype 50 qubit processor with similar performance metrics. This new processor expands upon the 20 qubit architecture and will be made available in the next generation IBM Q systems.
The latest hardware advances are a result of three generations of development since IBM first launched a working quantum computer online for anyone to freely access in May 2016.
“We are, and always have been, focused on building technology with the potential to create value for our clients and the world,” said Dario Gil, vice president of AI and IBM Q, IBM Research. “The ability to reliably operate several working quantum systems and putting them online was not possible just a few years ago. Now, we can scale IBM processors up to 50 qubits due to tremendous feats of science and engineering. These latest advances show that we are quickly making quantum systems and tools available that could offer an advantage for tackling problems outside the realm of classical machines.”
Over the next year, IBM Q scientists will continue to work to improve its devices including the quality of qubits, circuit connectivity, and error rates of operations to increase the depth for running quantum algorithms.
IBM’s robust quantum computing ecosystem has over 60,000 users who have run over 1.7 million quantum experiments and generated over 35 third-party research publications.
Adding impetus to this movement is IBM’s QISKit project, an open-source software developer kit to program and run quantum computers.
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