One of the main problems in machine development is that they often struggle with data errors. But IBM says its chips could make a difference.
Technology giant IBM has reached a major milestone in its quantum ambitions and unveiled a new chip and machine that it hopes will help solve problems beyond the reach of traditional computers.
The presentation at an IBM event in New York on Monday comes as companies and countries race to develop quantum machines, capable of performing large numbers of calculations simultaneously and at incredible speeds.
The new chip has more than 1,000 qubits, the equivalent of the digital bits in a normal computer.
One of the main problems in machine development is that they often struggle with data errors. However, IBM said it has a new method of connecting chips inside machines that can then connect the machines and with a new error code connection they could produce even more capable quantum machines in 10 years.
The first machine to use them is called Quantum System Two, which uses three so-called “Heron” chips.
“We are firmly in the era where quantum computers are being used as a tool to explore new frontiers of science,” said Dario Gil, senior vice president and director of research at IBM.
“As we continue to advance how quantum systems can scale and deliver value through modular architectures, we will further increase the quality of an industrial-scale quantum technology stack and put it in the hands of our users and partners who will push the boundaries of problem solving more complex.”
IBM has not predicted when it might go commercial with quantum machines.
At the annual IBM Quantum Summit, the company also showcased 10 projects that showcased the potential power of quantum computing, such as for drug discovery.
Algorithmiq, which is developing quantum algorithms to solve problems in life sciences, was one of them and successfully ran one of the largest-scale error mitigation experiments to date on IBM hardware. The achievement is said to position them alongside IBM as pioneers in achieving quantum utility, referring to the quantum computer’s ability to perform robust calculations beyond the capabilities of normal computing methods, for real-world use cases.
“Today represents further confirmation that Algorithmiq’s leading error mitigation techniques are powerful and will enable large-scale experiments on specific use cases that will bring us into the era of quantum utility for real-world commercial applications ,” said Sabrina Maniscalco, co-founder and CEO of Algorithmiq.
“I have dedicated more than 20 years of my life to studying noisy quantum systems, as a professor, and I never thought that these kinds of experiments would be possible so soon,” she said in a comment to Euronews Next.
Quantum and artificial intelligence
Additionally, IBM is pioneering the use of generative AI to program quantum code on IBM’s Watsonx enterprise AI platform.
“Generative AI and quantum computing are both reaching an inflection point, giving us the opportunity to use Watsonx’s trusted underlying model to simplify how quantum algorithms can be built for scale exploration. industrial,” said Jay Gambetta, Vice President and IBM Associate at IBM.
“This is a significant step toward expanding how quantum computing can be accessed and put into the hands of users as a tool for scientific exploration.”