Quantum for Research

Quantum computing empowers researchers and applied scientists across academia and enterprises to tackle challenges long viewed as intractable—even for today’s supercomputers or best-informed AI.

Hear IBM’s Katie Pizzolato give the facts on quantum computing for research.

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Join our university and
research partners

These leading scientific institutions are collaborating with IBM to chart the path of quantum computing research, development, and education.

As part of the IBM Q Network, they take advantage of industry experience and enterprise computing expertise, backed by the world’s premier corporate research organization.

IBM Quantum stack

Co-optimization through
the full stack

IBM’s full-stack approach brings the best of IBM’s quantum computing systems, together with extensive software tools and cloud services to carry out and extend your research.

Accelerate quantum research
with IBM Cloud and open
source tools

Visually build quantum circuits

IBM Quantum Experience provides cloud access to our quantum systems to explore and research quantum. Get started with a drag and drop interface to build circuits, view Qiskit code, and develop algorithms.

Build a quantum circuit in
IBM Quantum Experience

Prototype applications
on the cloud

Program with Qiskit code in Quantum Lab, our cloud-enabled Jupyter notebook environment. Research and prototype applications at scale combining advanced quantum hardware, quantum circuits, and classical computation.

Code a quantum program
in Quantum Lab

Program in your local environment

Qiskit is an open source SDK that expresses quantum computing concepts intuitively and concisely in Python. Install locally and use your preferred development environment. 300,000+ downloads and counting.

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IBM enables academic researchers to perform advance scientific work in quantum. Gain access to more systems or apply for special awards to complete experiments and publish papers—at no cost to the researcher.

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Researchers Program

Daimler and IBM develop next-gen batteries

Electric vehicles are susceptible to the capacity and speed-of-charging of their batteries. A quantum computing breakthrough by researchers at IBM and Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, could help tackle this challenge.

Featured IBM Publications

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Supervised learning with quantum-enhanced features spaces

Vojtěch Havlíček, Antonio D. Córcoles, Kristan Temme, Aram W. Harrow, Abhinav Kandala, Jerry M. Chow & Jay M. Gambetta

Error mitigation extends the computational reach of a noisy quantum processor

Abhinav Kandala, Kristan Temme, Antonio D. Córcoles, Antonio Mezzacapo, Jerry M. Chow & Jay M. Gambetta

Hardware-efficient Variational Quantum Eigensolver for Small Molecules and Quantum Magnets

Abhinav Kandala, Antonio Mezzacapo, Kristan Temme, Maika Takita, Markus Brink, Jerry M. Chow, Jay M. Gambetta

Quantum advantage with shallow circuits

Sergey Bravyi, David Gosset, Robert König

Demonstration of a quantum error detection code using a square lattice of four superconducting qubits

A. Córcoles, Easwar Magesan, Srikanth J. Srinivasan, Andrew W. Cross, M. Steffen, Jay M. Gambetta, Jerry M. Chow

Three Qubit Randomized Benchmarking

David C. McKay, Sarah Sheldon, John A. Smolin, Jerry M. Chow, Jay M. Gambetta

Validating quantum computers using randomized model circuits

Andrew W. Cross,∗Lev S. Bishop, Sarah Sheldon, Paul D. Nation, and Jay M. Gambetta

Hear from our research

Circuit Sessions with Jay Gambetta

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Circuits in Action - From Industry to Academia

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Benchmarking Quantum Circuits with Sarah Sheldon

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