IBM Advances Processing Revolution With 50-Qubit Quantum Computer Prototype

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For Volkswagen, the intention behind quantum computer is to have a development on traffic optimisation to explore structures of new materials, especially for high performance batteries for electric vehicles and to work on artificial intelligence with machine learning processes.

Our 20-qubit machine has double the coherence time, at an average of 90 µs, compared to previous generations of quantum processors with an average of 50 µs.

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"We at Volkswagen want to be among the first to use quantum computing for corporate processes as soon as this technology is commercially available".

Volkswagen Group chief information officer Martin Hofmann said: "Quantum computing technology opens up new dimensions and represents the fast-track for future-oriented topics". That may seem short - because it is - but it's already a record feat in this growing industry, where one of the biggest challenges is sustaining the life of qubits. Specialists from Volkswagen Information Technology Centers (IT labs) in San Francisco and Munich together with the Google experts are expected to develop algorithms, simulations and optimizations.

J.C. Penney shares are rising after the retailer reported its first bump in same-store sales in more than a year. In theory, this means that a 200-qubit system is 2,200 times more powerful than a 100-qubit system. IBM Q has seen over 60,000 users running over 1.7 million quantum experiments, in addition to producing over 35 third-party research publications.

The company today announced two quantum processor upgrades, including a new 20-qubit processor and a working prototype of a 50-qubit processor. People who would know say it's a massive leap from just 18 months ago, when IBM unveiled a 5-qubit quantum computer. It is also trying to anticipate possible negative consequences of an advanced technology such as the ability to eventually be able to break encryption. IBM Q, which was announced in March, is a followup to that effort.

Image: Volkswagen and Google to quantum computing for practical use.

While traditional computing utilizes ones and zeros, quantum computing uses qubits that interact with each other in different states called entanglement and superposition. QISKit has been expanded so users can create and execute quantum computing programs on Q Systems. "In prior years, the course was interesting theoretically, but felt like it described some far off future", said Andrew Houck, professor of electrical engineering, Princeton University.

IBM, a once-juggernaut in the computing industry, plans to further detail its advances in the space at an IEEE conference taking place today.