IBM’s Quantum Computation Center’s Role

Q&A: IBM opens up quantum computing to solve ‘real problems’

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+  The IBM Quantum Computation Center is about moving multiple quantum computers out of the research lab, and optimizing them for businesses and academia to use. IBM’s Scott Crowder explains more. The role of the new IBM Quantum Computation Center is to put real quantum computers in the hands of real users exploring the use quantum computing to solve real problems. As well as opening the new quantum computing center, IBM has launched the brand new IBM Q quantum computer. To learn more, Digital Journal caught up with Scott Crowder, Vice President and CTO, IBM Q, Technical Strategy & Transformation, IBM Systems.

DJ: Where will quantum computing go next? Crowder: IBM’s goal is to develop accessible quantum computers that can reliably implement a broad array of quantum algorithms and programs that solve practical problems – that have a quantum advantage over what classical computers can do, alone. When we reach this era of quantum advantage in the next few years, it will accelerate discoveries in science and create commercial value in business. This capability, no matter current claims, has not been realized, yet.

DJ: At what stage of development are today’s quantum computers? Crowder: Quantum computing is still in early development. We’re in a comparable era to where classical computers were in the 1950s – except, today, everyone has access to quantum computers, over the cloud. Imagine having a few years to prepare for the next generation of computing, while they’re still prototypes?This is why we put IBM Q systems on the cloud for open, public research, as well as business use cases. Now is the time for everyone to be an early adopter and get “quantum ready” by exploring what we can do with quantum computers across a variety of potential applications and industries.

DJ: What advantages will the IBM Quantum Computation Center deliver? Crowder: The IBM Quantum Computation Center is the first example of taking multiple quantum computers out of the research lab, and optimizing them for the reliability and reproducibility f programmable multi-qubit operations – enabling state-of-the-art quantum computational research with 95 percent availability to support our community of more than 150,000 registered users and nearly 80 commercial clients, academic institutions and research laboratories.

Source:  DIGITAL JOURNAL.  Tim Sandle,  Q&A: IBM opens up quantum computing to solve ‘real problems’…

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