Technology major IBM announced in a press release that it will put 20-qubit quantum computers into service for its early-access clients as part of its Quantum Computing as a Service cloud computing offering.
Why It Matters:
IBM Q is the industry’s first attempt to commercially leverage the power of universal quantum computers for business and science.
Related technologies like AI use traditional algorithms and machine learning processes, but these are run on conventional computers that use “bits” of information rather than “qubits.”
Quantum computers, on the other hand, can solve complex problems that even traditional supercomputing methods cannot.
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The Nuts and Bolts:
IBM began offering Quantum Computing as a Service last year, with 5-qubit versions
The 20-qubit versions will be deployed soon, and clients can access their services online using IBM Cloud
The company also plans to deploy 50-qubit quantum computers available under the same service offering, in a future upgrade to the system. A prototype has already been built.
IBM Q has worldwide users from more than 1500 educational institutions, 300 private companies and even 300 high schools, with a total of more than 60,000 users on the platform.
In all, more than 35 research papers have been generated based on quantum computer experiments, which already number in excess of 1.7 million.
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