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IBM starts bringing quantum computers out of the lab

by on18 September 2019

53-qubit quantum computer out in October

IBM is taking a major step forward in moving quantum computing use forward by opening its first IBM Quantum Computation Centre in New York.

Biggish Blue is also expanding its fleet of commercial quantum systems that exist beyond the confines of experimental lab environments to ten.

This includes five 20-qubit systems with a Quantum Volume of 16. In a statement, IBM said that in a month, IBM’s commercially available quantum fleet would grow to 14 systems, including a new 53-qubit quantum computer.

IBM said that his new machine would be the single largest universal quantum system made available for external access in the industry, to date.

IBM’s community of users have run more than 14 million experiments on IBM’s quantum computers through the cloud since 2016 and published more than 200 scientific papers.

The IBM Quantum Computation Center expands upon IBM’s existing commercial quantum computing programme of cloud-accessible hardware.

“Beginning today, clients, academics and researchers will now have access to IBM's systems to further propel the discovery of real-world business and science use cases, an IBM spokesperson said.

IBM claims that it's quantum computers are the most powerful systems on the market. And the only accessible systems that provide near-continuous availability and commercial-grade system operation beyond the limitations of an experimental environment.

“With a 95 per cent up time, these systems are the most stable and reliable quantum computers available to the public,” the press release said.

The 53-qubit system which will be available to clients in mid-October, the 53-qubit system introduces several new technological elements, enabling larger scale, reliable systems designed for cloud deployment. This new processor design reduces “cross-talk” and will enable users to explore how algorithms scale to larger qubit systems.

The system introduces more compact custom electronics that allow for improved system scaling and lower-error rates.


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