UPDATED 10:00 EDT / JUNE 17 2021


IonQ’s quantum computer is now available on Google Cloud Marketplace

IonQ Inc., provider of trapped-ion quantum computing hardware, today announced that Google Cloud customers can tap into its quantum computers through the Google Cloud Marketplace.

IonQ’s 11-qubit quantum hardware is now available to all Google Cloud customers, and the company expects to incorporate its 32-qubit system later this year.

That will make IonQ’s system the first quantum computer to be available via Google Cloud – beating even Google’s own hardware. It also means that IonQ’s system will now be available on the quantum computing services of all three major hyperscale cloud providers, including Amazon Bracket and Microsoft Azure Quantum.

“We can’t wait to see the different workloads that developers start running,” said IonQ Chief ExecutivePeter Chapman. “This partnership expands the availability and use of quantum computing 10-fold and brings us that much closer to the first killer quantum application.”

IonQ’s recently announced 32-qubit system is among the most powerful quantum computers in the world and features important quantum computing qualities such as two-qubit gate fidelity of 99.9%, random access capability and all-to-all gate operations. It builds on the 11-qubit hardware and is expected to become commercially available after a private beta.

As a run-up to this release, IonQ also added integrations with software frameworks Google Cirq and IBM Qiskit to make it easier to adopt widespread access to quantum computing. The integration of IonQ with Google Cloud and Google Cirq will allow users to build applications quickly and experiment with quantum computing.

Getting started with the Google Cloud Marketplace is easy, according to IonQ’s blog on the subject, and provides quick access to developers, researchers and enterprises alike. Billing and provisioning will be handled through Google Cloud accounts.

Users can program systems with the software development kit of their choice, including Cirq, Qiskit, Penny Lane, a tket or their own custom integration using IonQ’s application programming interface.

IonQ has also released a product roadmap for its plans to develop modular quantum computer systems that could be networked together by 2023. If quantum computers could be made small enough, they could create scalable networks for data centers by 2025.

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