Quantum computing performs new operations on data or operations outside standard models of computation. We look at IBM’s quantum computing technology.
2IBM 5-Qubit Processor
IBM scientists have achieved a further advance by combining 5 qubits in the lattice architecture, which demonstrates a key operation known as a parity measurement—the basis of many quantum error-correction protocols.
3IBM Makes Quantum Computing Available on IBM Cloud
IBM Quantum Computing Scientist Jay Gambetta uses a tablet to interact with the IBM Quantum Experience, the first quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud at the company’s T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, N.Y.
4Inside an IBM Dilution Refrigerator
The gold-colored coaxial cables are used to send inputs and outputs from inside the fridge.
5Preparing a Quantum Computing Experiment
IBM researchers load up the hardware inside a dilution refrigerator that is home to the 5-qubit device.
6IBM Quantum Experience
IBM Quantum Computing Research Scientist Antonio Corcoles uses the IBM Quantum Experience on a tablet in the IBM Quantum Lab that shows an open dilution refrigerator.
7Screen Shot of IBM Quantum Experience
Here is an image of Grover’s search algorithm (a quantum database search algorithm) in the composer. A universal quantum computer can be programmed to perform any computing task and will be exponentially faster than classical computers for a number of important applications for science and business.
Here is a screen shot of the IBM Quantum Experience User Guide. The cloud-enabled quantum computing platform, called IBM Quantum Experience, will enable users to run algorithms and experiments on IBM’s quantum processor.
9Wave Form Generators inside the IBM Quantum Lab
In the lab, IBM checks the microwave control hardware that generates pulses sent to the quantum processor.
10Inside the IBM Quantum Lab
Here are images of closed dilution refrigerators that are home to superconducting qubits that must be cooled down to almost absolute zero (about -459 degrees Fahrenheit) inside. The temperature inside the refrigerator is coldest at the bottom, where the quantum information is processed.
11Three Types of Quantum Computing
We look at the three known types of quantum computing and their applications, generality and computational power.
IBM Research scientist Jerry Chow conducts a quantum computing experiment at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. IBM has been focusing on quantum computing research for more than 30 years.
13IBM 4-Qubit Square Circuit
Here’s a look at the layout of IBM’s 4-qubit superconducting quantum bit device announced in 2015. Using a square lattice, IBM is able to detect both types of quantum errors for the first time.
In this photo, IBM scientist Stefan Filipp takes a close look at the dilution refrigerator that will keep qubits at temperatures colder than the deepest parts of outer space.
15IBM Quantum Research Lab
Working with colleagues at IBM’s T.J. Watson Lab in New York, the company’ scientists in Zurich are building their own quantum research lab. Here, IBM scientist Andreas Fuhrer takes a closer look at the cryogenic refrigerator that also will help keep qubits at temperatures colder than the deepest parts of outer space.