IBM launched the IBM Quantum Summit 2022, where he presented new advances in quantum hardware and software and outlined his pioneering vision for quantum-centric supercomputing. The annual IBM Quantum Summit showcases the company’s broad quantum ecosystem of customers, partners and developers and its ongoing progress in bringing practical quantum computing to the world.
“The new 433-qubit ‘Osprey’ processor takes us one step closer to the point where quantum computers will be used to tackle previously intractable problems,” said Dr. Darío Gil, IBM Senior Vice President and Director ofResearch. “We are continually scaling and advancing our quantum technology across hardware, software, and classical integration to meet the biggest challenges of our time, together with our partners and customers around the world. This work will be foundational for the next era of quantum-centric supercomputing.”
At the Summit, the company unveiled the following news:
- ‘IBM Osprey’: IBM’s new 433-bit quantum (qubit) processor
The IBM Osprey has the highest number of qubits of any other IBM quantum processor, more than triple the 127 qubits of the IBM Eagle processor, introduced in 2021. This processor has the potential to perform complex quantum calculations far beyond the capabilities computation of any classical computer. For reference, the number of classical bits it would take to represent a state in the IBM Osprey processor exceeds the total number of atoms in the known universe.
- New quantum software addressing error correction and mitigation
Addressing noise in quantum computers remains a major factor in the adoption of this technology. In order to simplify this, IBM has released a beta update to Qiskit Runtime, which now allows the user to trade speed for a reduced error count with a simple option in the API. By abstracting the complexities of these functions into the software layer, it will allow users to more easily incorporate quantum computing into their workflows and speed up the development of quantum applications.
- Update on IBM Quantum System Two: the next generation quantum system
- New Quantum Safe technology from IBM: As quantum computers become more powerful, it is crucial that technology providers take steps to protect their systems and data against a potential future quantum computer capable of cracking today’s security standards. From offering the z16 system with quantum-resistant cryptography, to contributing connected algorithms to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) standardization goal of 2024, IBM offers technology and services with these security capabilities. At the Summit, IBM and Vodafone announced a collaboration to explore how to apply IBM’s quantum computing resistant cryptography across Vodafone’s technology infrastructure.
- Customer and ecosystem expansion – Growth of IBM Quantum Network: the company announced additions to the IBM Quantum Network, including multinational telecommunications company Vodafone to explore quantum computing and quantum-resistant cryptography; the french bank Credit Mutuel Alliance Federal to explore use cases in financial services; and the Swiss innovation campus uptownBasel to drive skills development and promote pioneering innovation projects in quantum and high-performance computing. These organizations join 200 others – and more than 450,000 users – with access to the world’s largest fleet of more than 20 cloud-accessible quantum computers.
“The IBM Quantum Summit 2022 marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of the global quantum computing industry, as we move forward on our quantum roadmap. As we continue to scale up quantum systems and make them easier to use, we will continue to see adoption and growth in the quantum industry,” said Jay Gambetta, IBM Fellow and VP of IBM Quantum. “Our advances define the next wave in quantum, what we call quantum-centric supercomputing, in which modularity, communication and middleware will help improve the scalability of computing and the integration of quantum and classical workflows. ”.