Try out IBM’s Quantum Computer via Cloud from Your Desktop!

Try out IBM’s Quantum Computer via Cloud from Your Desktop!


Justin Trudeau talked about Quantum Computing and it has piqued interest in this area for lay people.  We have discussed this new tech phenomenon in detail as well.

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Now IBM has launched its Quantum Computing service via its Cloud.  This is available to the “students, researchers, and general science enthusiasts hands-on access to IBM’s experimental cloud-enabled quantum computing platform, and allowing users to run algorithms and experiments, work with quantum bits (qubits), and explore tutorials and simulations around what might be possible with quantum computing”.  The company is calling it the IBM Quantum Experience!  IBM has also created a unique programming language to go with its Quantum Computer.

The programming language IBM created for this project operates almost like writing music. The programmer can simply drag quantum objects to the “staff” to write a program.

The computers to enable this cloud service will be in IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center facilities in Yorktown Heights, NY.

To try the new service out, you can fill up this form and if you get the invite, you may go ahead and try a Quantum Computing machine right from your own desktop or mobile phone!

The IBM’s press release discusses the power of its Quantum Computer – which they admit is not the perfect machine that Quantum Computing can offer.  Yet its power for solutions and calculations is phenomenal!

A universal quantum computer does not exist today, but IBM envisions medium-sized quantum processors of 50-100 qubits to be possible in the next decade. With a quantum computer built of just 50 qubits, none of today’s TOP500 supercomputers could successfully emulate it, reflecting the tremendous potential of this technology. The community of quantum computer scientists and theorists is working to harness this power, and applications in optimization and chemistry will likely be the first to demonstrate quantum speed-up.

Check out IBM’s Quantum Computing lab and what it offers.

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Featured Image CreditFlickr \ IBM researcher Jerry Chow in the quantum computing lab at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. (Credit: Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

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