The research organisation Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft took delivery of an IBM Quantum System One, reportedly the only machine outside of the US. The institute hopes to develop future industrial applications. In the digital presence of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek and Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann unveiled the IBM machine on the 15th of June. The system comprises 27 qubits and it the most capable quantum system in Europe.
One of the most popular Quantum languages and toolsets, Qiskit, now gets a new upgrade to version 025 which includes some new modules such as Nature. The already popular package Aqua gets a replacement which is aimed, not just at Chemistry but Physics too. There are also enhancements to Quantum Machine Learning (QML) which see Qiskit releasing a Machine Learning Module. QML has been perhaps one of the biggest areas of interest from Quantum Computing in application to a number of fields, so no surprise that the Qiskit toolset now sports QML capability. In total there are now four additional modules: Qiskit Nature (which will replace Aqua), Finance, Optimization and Machine Learning.
Only recently IBM published it’s Quantum Computing Roadmap. Never sleeping, big blue has made new waves with its recent announcement where [IBM] unveiled a plan to radically speed-up adoption of quantum computing by streamlining and simplifying the quantum programming tools.
In 2020, IBM was at the top of its game, successfully keeping ahead in the quantum race. The company was able to register the most patents in machine learning and quantum computing sectors. You might wonder how many patents were issued, so we will take a look at the numbers.
OpenQASM is one of the open source languages that quantum circuit designers employ. The language first emerged in 2017 and has been part of IBM’s Qiskit Quantum experience. Currently on version 2, a new version is in the works. As languages evolve new features often emerge. We’ll take a quick look at the latest incarnation.
From Qubit to Shor: Experiments Quantum Computing at IBM Qiskit Global Summer School 2020
The company that brought the world the first quantum cloud has teamed up with the Japanese to bring quantum computing to the academic and commercial sphere in Japan with the aim to deepen ties.
I grew up in the twilight time between home computers and PC’s or more specifically IBM compatible PCs. The early nineties were a mix of playing with primitive machines like the BBC micro, spectrum machines and the Commodore 64. But it was the IBM PC that really set me on the journey into computing, science and much more. Here was a proper business machine that could be used at home for everything from spreadsheets to games to word-processing to developing read world applications.
There is a new look at the qiskit website. The popular open-source quantum programming framework supported by IBM sports a new look. Right now in the quantum space, there is a battle for platform dominance. Qiskit is undoubtedly one of the most well used languages despite being only three years old.