The company said the first IBM Q systems will be powered by the 20-qubit processor, which offers significant improvements over its earlier 16-qubit and 5-qubit chips that power the IBM Quantum Experience. Companies like Google and Intel are now developing quantum computers, and industry stalwart IBM just announced today that it has produced a machine that is able to process 50 quantum bits (qubits).
For Volkswagen, the intention behind quantum computer is to have a development on traffic optimisation to explore structures of new materials, especially for high performance batteries for electric vehicles and to work on artificial intelligence with machine learning processes.
Google is working towards demonstrating a 49-qubit quantum computer by the end of the year.
Our 20-qubit machine has double the coherence time, at an average of 90 µs, compared to previous generations of quantum processors with an average of 50 µs.
Image: Volkswagen and Google to quantum computing for practical use.
In addition to building working systems, IBM continues to grow its robust quantum computing ecosystem, including open-source software tools, applications for near-term systems, and educational and enablement materials for the quantum community. On Monday, the German automaker announced a partnership with Google to work with quantum computers for future battery, transportation, and self-driving technology.
The announcement does not mean quantum computing is ready for common use. "Now, our enrollments are skyrocketing, drawing excitement from top students from a very wide range of disciplines". "The holy grail is fault-tolerant universal quantum computing". "Simulators don't now capture the nuances of the actual quantum hardware platforms, and nothing is more convincing for a proof-of-concept than results obtained from an actual quantum processor". He says that IBM researchers have managed to achieve the higher qubit number with low error rates, making them highly useful to researchers. A Jupyter notebook that can be used to repeat the experiments that led to this quantum chemistry breakthrough is available in the QISKit tutorials. Its researchers have made significant progress with superconducting systems in particular, heightening competition with IBM.
The auto manufacturer is hoping for more success with its second quantum vehicle: A quantum computing partnership with Google, which was announced this week. "The results give us confidence for further applications on the quantum computer", Dr Florian Neukart, principal data scientist at VW's IT Code Lab in San Francisco said at the time.
These quantum advances are being presented today at the IEEE Industry Summit on the Future Of Computing as part of IEEE Rebooting Computing Week. The system IBM has developed is still extremely finicky and challenging to use, as are those being built by others.