Creating a global ecosystem for the Quantum industry

By | 2 minute read | December 22, 2021

Quantum computing will transform key sectors of many industries in the years ahead and help us tackle some of the world’s most complex challenges in energy, materials and chemistry, finance, and elsewhere — and perhaps areas that we haven’t considered yet. This is the Quantum Decade: the integration of quantum computing, AI, and high performance computing into hybrid multi-cloud workflows will drive the most significant computing revolution in decades and enterprises will evolve from analyzing data to discovering new ways to solve problems.

We are seeing a growing community and industry with real technology and enormous excitement from venture capital, major technology players, and governments to create the next wave of information technology. At IBM’s recent Chief Data and Technology Officer Summit, I had an exciting conversation with Darío Gil, Senior Vice President, IBM and Director of Research around quantum computing and its current stage, and how IBM continues to rapidly innovate quantum hardware and software design, building ways for quantum and classical workloads to empower each other.

Building quantum computers has been a dream in computer science for many decades. We are finally building systems that behave and operate according to the laws of quantum mechanics, and making them widely accessible to a broad community. We are building the future of quantum computing together. In May 2016, IBM was the first company with a small quantum computer on the cloud. Today, we have 27 systems on the cloud with a community of over 350,000 users worldwide, running more than 2 billion quantum circuits every day.

At this year’s Quantum Summit, we debuted our 127-qubit Eagle quantum processor, the first IBM quantum processor to contain more than 100 operational and connected qubits. The increased qubit count allows users to explore problems at a new level of complexity, such as optimizing machine learning or modeling new molecules and materials. What is essential is how we have done it: solving some very hard problems while outperforming in three attributes: scale, quality, and speed.

Engaging the Developer Community 

Allowing developers to be shielded from the complexity of the quantum hardware and to seamlessly integrate classical and quantum computing is another breakthrough. Quantum Serverless, a new programming model for leveraging quantum and classical resources, offers users the advantage of quantum resources at scale without worrying about the intricacies of the hardware.

Discover how you can be quantum-ready and how this bleeding-edge technology can help you and your business thrive the moment quantum computers come of age here.

2021 CDO and CAO Award Winners

If you missed our CDO/CTO Summit, we invite you to watch the replay. In addition to discussing quantum computing and how IBM clients embrace it, we heard from leading industry experts their reflections on various topics around data, AI, privacy, ethics, governance, risk, and innovation. We also announced the winners of the U.S. 2021 “Chief Data Officer of the Year”: Eileen Vidrine, Chief Data Officer at The United States Department of the Air Force, and the U.S. 2021 “Chief Analytics Officer of the Year”: Sol Rashidi, Senior Vice President, Global Data & Analytics and Chief Analytics Officer at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

We will kick off the 2022 CDO/CTO Summit on February 23rd.