IBM expands Q Network to advance quantum computing
IBM Corp. today announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it’s expanding the IBM Q Network, a service that provides organizations with access to its cloud-based quantum computing systems, experts and developer tools.
There are now more than 100 organizations using the IBM Q Network, including various private companies, academic institutions and government research labs.
The new members include Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., Delta Airlines Inc., Stanford University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Each of those organizations will use the IBM Q Network to research practical applications for quantum computing, and will connect more than 200,000 new users to the company’s existing quantum systems and simulators. The Q Network is already responsible for more than 200 third-party research papers written about quantum computing applications.
Through the IBM Q Network, those organizations will be able to access the world’s largest fleet of quantum computers for commercial use cases and fundamental research, including IBM’s new 53-qubit quantum computer, the most powerful machine of its kind to date.
Director of IBM Research Dario Gil said in a statement that IBM is looking to collaborate with its new partners to solve a range of societal and business problems through quantum computing.
“Quantum computing will have a profound impact on key issues like finding new materials to capture carbon in the global fight against climate change, as well as the discovery of new chemistries that might power more energy efficient batteries,” Gil said.
In the case of Delta Airlines, Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said during a keynote at CES that the company will attempt to solve challenges specific to travel and transportation. Another idea is to use the technology to reduce stress among travelers, he said.
The expansion of the IBM Q Network comes a few weeks after IBM said it had installed the first two IBM Q System One quantum computers outside of the U.S., in Germany and in Japan, in order to advance the state of quantum science and education.
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