IBM Takes Quantum Leap in Quantum Computing with 50-qubit IBM Systems


Published Date : Nov 14, 2017

IBM has publicized its telling achievement in the field of quantum computing, which has been regarded as an important advancement toward a more commanding way of processing information in the foreseeable future. The company is proud to have built a quantum computer that is capable of handling 50 quantum bits, or even qubits. Accessible via the company’s cloud computing platform, a 20-qubit quantum system has also been in the making, according to another announcement.

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By the end of this year, IBM would be making available online its first IBM Q systems sporting a 20-qubit processor. The company has also publicized that the new 50-qubit processor will be available to its clients in next-generation IBM Q systems. The 50-qubit processor has been explained to be the natural extension of the 20-qubit architecture. IBM researchers have been successful in preserving the quantum state for 90 microseconds in both its 20 and 50-qubit systems. Despite being an exceptionally short timeframe, it is still considered to be a new record in the industry since other quantum systems designed until this date have relatively restricted capabilities.

IBM’s announcement has come almost half a year after it announced in May about the development of a 17-qubit prototype commercial quantum processor. This processor has been supposed to form the basis of the first IBM Q early-access commercial systems. On account of some incredible feats of engineering and science, it has now become possible to scale IBM processors up to 50 qubits, as per a statement by AI and IBM Q, IBM Research VP, Dario Gil.