IBM Brings Quantum Computing to the Masses
Big Blue has come a long way, baby. IBM announced it is making quantum computing available on the IBM Cloud to accelerate innovation in the field and find new applications for the technology.
IBM Research announced it is making quantum computing available to members of the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM's quantum processor. This has been about 35 years in the making, with perhaps another decade or more to go before IBM can deliver a universal quantum computer.
In a blog post, Dario Gil, vice president of Science and Solutions at IBM Research, related that in 1981, at a conference co-organized by MIT and IBM, the famous physicist Richard Feynman urged the world to build a quantum computer. Today, IBM is offering access to its quantum computing capabilities to anyone.
According to IBM, quantum computing makes use of quantum physics, also called quantum mechanics, to perform new operations on data or operations outside of the standard models of computation.
IBM has taken its quantum computing technology to the cloud to enable users to run experiments on an IBM quantum processor.
"The power of the quantum computer is that it is based on a logic that is not limited merely to on-or-off, true-or-false scenarios," reads a description of the technology on the IBM Research quantum computing site. "Quantum computing has bits, just like any computer. But instead of ones and zeros, quantum bits, or qubits, can represent a one, a zero, or both at once, which is a phenomenon known as superposition. The superposition that occurs in a quantum system is so different to that which occurs in classical systems that it can allow two of these qubits to behave in ways that cannot be explained by the individual components."