IBM recently announced a new breakthrough in quantum hardware and software, outlining a groundbreaking vision for quantum-oriented supercomputers. The achievement was unveiled at the annual IBM Quantum Summit 2022 , which showcases the company’s quantum ecosystem of customers, developers and partners, showcasing useful advances in quantum computing around the world.
IBM and Research Director and Senior Vice President Dr. Dario Gil said that the new Osprey processor with 433 qubits brings them closer to the point where quantum computers will be used to solve previously unsolved problems.
In addition, he said, they are continually expanding their quantum technology into hardware, software and classical computing, as well as collaborating with customers around the world. “This work will lay the groundwork for the coming era of quantum-oriented supercomputers,” Gil said. IBM’s new processor with 433 quantum bits (qubits) called ” IBM Osprey” has the most qubits of any quantum processor of any firm — three times the 127 qubits of the recently released IBM Eagle processor. The new processor performs complex quantum calculations better than the computational capabilities of a classical computer.
At the Global AI Summit, Scott Crowder, vice president and CTO of IBM, said, “If we continue to move forward on our roadmap. This year we will demonstrate a 433 qubit system. Next year we will demonstrate a system of more than 1,000 qubits.” In addition, a beta update has been released for the Qiskit Runtime , which now allows users to trade speed for error reduction by selecting a simple option in the API.
The Summit also unveiled new details about IBM Quantum System Two , which combines multiple processors into a single system using links. The company says that by the end of 2023, the next-generation system will be launched online — the building block of quantum-oriented supercomputers — with further scaling by using modular architecture for classical workflows and seamless integration of quantum computing.
In May 2022 at the Think Conference, IBM announced its intention to develop a 4,000+ qubit quantum computer by 2025. In 2019, IBM unveiled its first integrated quantum computing system called IBM Quantum System One. In 2020, the tech giant unveiled a roadmap for a set of scalable, bigger and better processors.