IBM Reveals 50-Qubit Quantum Processor

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Our goal with both the IBM Q experience, and our commercial program is to collaborate with our extended community of partners to accelerate the path to demonstrating a quantum advantage for solving real problems that matter. "Simulators don't now capture the nuances of the actual quantum hardware platforms, and nothing is more convincing for a proof-of-concept than results obtained from an actual quantum processor". For example, within six months, the IBM team was able to extend the coherence times for the 20 qubit processor to be twice that of the publicly available 5 and 16 qubit systems on the IBM Q experience. That may seem short - because it is - but it's already a record feat in this growing industry, where one of the biggest challenges is sustaining the life of qubits.

"We are, and always have been, focused on building technology with the potential to create value for our clients and the world".

Motoring website Roadshow reports that one of the projects the two companies are working on includes using this technology to develop ways of cutting down travel times.

He sees this is an incremental process and today's announcement is a step along along the path, but he believes that even what they can do today is quite powerful. IBM Q has seen over 60,000 users running over 1.7 million quantum experiments, in addition to producing over 35 third-party research publications.

IBM established a landmark in computing Friday, announcing a quantum computer that handles 50 quantum bits, or qubits.

Clients will have online access to the computing power of the first IBM Q systems by the end of 2017, with a series of planned upgrades during 2018. He says that IBM researchers have managed to achieve the higher qubit number with low error rates, making them highly useful to researchers. That extreme performance, comes at a cost. This creates all kinds of new programming possibilities and requires new software and systems to build programs that can work with this way of computing. "In prior years, the course was interesting theoretically, but felt like it described some far off future", said Andrew Houck, professor of electrical engineering, Princeton University. As well, IBM has industrial partners exploring practical quantum applications through the IBM Research Frontiers Institute, a consortium that develops and shares a portfolio of ground-breaking computing technologies and evaluates their business implications.

These quantum advances are being presented today at the IEEE Industry Summit on the Future Of Computing as part of IEEE Rebooting Computing Week. Such algorithms and simulations are expected to be suitable for several experimental computing operations.

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