IBM has announced a achievement development in Quantum Computing, as the company said on Friday that it has built and tested its first quantum bits machines, simply called IBM Q.
The company adds that it has achieved a new milestone in quantum computing, as it’s the first time any tech firm has successfully built a quantum computer on such a massive scale.
Quantum Computing, is a technology which is still in its early stages of development. It borrows ideas from quantum physics to perform calculations at much higher speeds compared to modern day supercomputers.
“Our 20-qubit machine has double the coherence time, at an average of 90 microseconds, compared to previous generations of quantum processors with an average of 50 microseconds. It is also designed to scale; the 50-qubit prototype has similar performance,” said Dario Gil, VP of IBM’s quantum computing and AI division.
IBM further explains that its universal quantum computer is the first initiative by anyone to build universal quantum computing systems for the masses, that’ll be used for businesses as well as science applications.
IBM has also promised it’ll offer open-source quantum information software kit (QIS-kit) at SC 2017. In addition, it will also showcase specialty programs designed for simulating chemical reactions on quantum computers.
“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,” further added Gil.
IBM claims it has built two new machines – one with 20 qubits that’ll start shipping by the end of the year, while the other is a 50 qubits prototype which will lay down the foundation for future IBM Q computers.
The company claims that its constantly making significant advancements in quantum computing, that’ll open new doors in areas of machine learning, optimization, and chemistry in the near future.
Apart from IBM, even Google has been making significant progress in the field of quantum computing. The Mountain View tech firm recently joined hands with German automobile behemoth Volkswagen to use quantum computers and artificial intelligence to create advanced EV batteries. Google also announced that it was testing a 20-qubit quantum computing processor, and is aiming at a 49-quibit processor by the end of this year.