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March 6, 2017

IBM Wants to Take Quantum Computing Commercial

IBM Quantum Computing Scientist Jay Gambetta uses a tablet to interact with the IBM Quantum Experience, the world’s first quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, NY. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

IBM wants quantum computing to be the new commercial norm — eventually.

The tech company’s goal is to build the first commercially-oriented universal quantum computer within the next few years with select early access for its partners: Samsung, JSR, Honda, Hitachi Metals, Canon, and Nagase. The companies, which are partnering with IBM  to explore quantum computing applications for their industries are the six founding members of the IBM Research Frontiers Institute.

IBM is now bringing quantum computing to members of the public via its IBM Cloud platform to help researchers and developers build more sophisticated applications. Dubbed IBM Quantum Experience,  the cloud-enabled quantum computing platform will permit its users to run algorithms and experiments on the company’s quantum processor, work with the individual quantum bits (known as qubits), and explore tutorials and simulations about what quantum computing could make possible.

A universal quantum computer can be programmed to carry out any computing job and will be much quicker than traditional computers for a variety of important applications for science and business.

“Quantum computers are very different from today’s computers, not only in what they look like and are made of, but more importantly in what they can do. Quantum computing is becoming a reality and it will extend computation far beyond what is imaginable with today’s computers,” IBM Research senior vice-president and director Arvind Krishna said in a blog post. “This moment represents the birth of quantum cloud computing. By giving hands-on access to IBM’s experimental quantum systems, the IBM Quantum Experience will make it easier for researchers and the scientific community to accelerate innovations in the quantum field, and help discover new applications for this technology.”

Check out quantum computing in action in the video below.

 


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