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IBM researchers achieve 50 qubit quantum processor prototype

IBM researchers achieve 50 qubit quantum processor prototype

The company said the first IBM Q systems will be powered by the 20-qubit processor, which offers significant improvements over its earlier 16-qubit and 5-qubit chips that power the IBM Quantum Experience.

The 50-qubit processor, meanwhile, will become available in the next generation of IBM Q systems.

Specialists from the Volkswagen IT labs in San Francisco and Munich are developing algorithms, simulations and optimisations working with Google to run them using "Google universal quantum computers". The company said clients will possess online access to the first IBM Q system's computing power by the end of 2017, and further upgrades will come to fruition during 2018.

"We are really proud of this; it's a big frickin' deal", Dario Gil, who directs AI and quantum computing at IBM, told MIT Technology Review. "The ability to reliably operate several working quantum systems and put them online was not possible just a few years ago".

"We at Volkswagen want to be among the first to use quantum computing for corporate processes as soon as this technology is commercially available". Using a quantum computer, VW completed an optimized traffic flow for 10,000 Chinese taxicabs in Beijing.

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IBM sees applications for quantum computing in areas like medicine, drug discovery and materials science as this technology advances and becomes better understood. Instead of being built on machines interpreting zeroes and ones in on/off states, quantum computers can live in multiple states. It basically means that you only have a brief window of time before the qubits revert to a classical computing state of zeroes and ones. This drives home the point that this is a real technology, not just a pipe dream. "Now, our enrollments are skyrocketing, drawing excitement from top students from a very wide range of disciplines".

IBM has a storied history in quantum computing. "The holy grail is fault-tolerant universal quantum computing". Recent additions to QISKit also include new functionality and visualization tools for studying the state of the quantum system, integration of QISKit with the IBM Data Science Experience, a compiler that maps desired experiments onto the available hardware, and worked examples of quantum applications. "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". Similar tutorials are also provided that detail implementation of optimization problems such as MaxCut and Traveling Salesman on IBM's quantum hardware.

IBM made its free Quantum Experience service available to academia in May 2016.

GOOGLE HAS teamed up with entirely honest German vehicle maker Volkswagen to explore ways in which Google's quantum computing technology can be applied in the automotive sector. The system IBM has developed is still extremely finicky and challenging to use, as are those being built by others. Gil made the announcement at the IEEE Industry Summit on the Future of Computing in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning.


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