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Quantum computing is now available through the cloud

04 May 2016

IBM Research is making quantum computing available to members of the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM's quantum processor.

The processor can be accessed via a web interface (Credit: IBM)

IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device.

IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today's supercomputers. The cloud-enabled quantum computing platform, called IBM Quantum Experience, will allow users to run algorithms and experiments on IBM's quantum processor, work with the individual quantum bits (qubits), and explore tutorials and simulations around what might be possible with quantum computing. The quantum processor is composed of five superconducting qubits and is housed at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre in New York. The five-qubit processor represents the latest advancement in IBM's quantum architecture that can scale to larger quantum systems. It is the leading approach towards building a universal quantum computer.

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.

Take a look at IBM’s Quantum Experience here.

Video courtesy of IBM.

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