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Whether a technophile at heart or bonafide tech geek by trade, the story of quantum computing has undoubtedly captivated your attention – especially in the last few years.
Nearly 35 years ago, IBM and MIT jointly hosted what would end up being the first-ever quantum computing conference. At that conference, famed Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman urged scientists to develop an entirely different model of computing, based on quantum physics – and fundamentally, nature. Because it’s been well established for more than a century that the building blocks of nature obey the laws of quantum physics, Feynman proposed that if we could build a computer that also behaved according to quantum mechanics, we’d be able to better simulate nature.
The implications of building the first universal quantum computer are so significant, it’s often equated to the great space race (in which IBM’s role was also mission-critical). As such, many tech giants have thrown their hats into the quantum ring.
For more than 20 years, IBM has maintained a research lab dedicated to the transformative promise of quantum computing. It has been IBM’s long-held position that quantum computing is the future of computing. And we believe open access to quantum computing technologies is critical to the advancement of the field.
Today, IBM announced that for the first time in history, quantum computing capabilities have been opened to researchers and scientists worldwide, who can now access IBM’s five-qubit quantum processor on any desktop or mobile device through the IBM Quantum Experience, a first-of-a-kind platform delivered on Bluemix via IBM Cloud.
Until now, many quantum information theorists or scientists have lacked access to actual hardware to test their ideas. Now, through Bluemix as a portal to IBM’s advanced experimental quantum systems, the potential for innovation in quantum computing is no longer limited by such barriers.
The cloud-enabled IBM Quantum Experience will allow users to run algorithms and experiments on IBM’s quantum processor, work with the individual qubits, and explore tutorials and simulations around what might be possible with quantum computing.
By opening access to the IBM Quantum Experience we believe that we will be able to more quickly break through some of the most perpetuating quandaries challenging quantum researchers.
In the cloud model, a single quantum computing system can be made available to a global user base, which could, hypothetically, solve the requirement of having an on-prem physical machine.
We believe this unprecedented advancement will prove mission-critical to taking quantum computing out of the realm of hypothetical and into the realm of practical quantum computers.
Every once in a while, we get to do something truly special in IBM. This is one of those moments: the birth of quantum cloud computing. This is a moment on which we will we look back years from now, and remember as the beginning of something really important.
Please join me in celebrating IBM’s major step toward fostering a culture of cooperation in quantum research with the IBM Quantum Experience, now open, only on Bluemix, ready for the world to explore at quantumexperience.ng.bluemix.net.
Adam Gunther (@AdamMGunther)
Program Director, IBM Bluemix Offering Management