IBM Unveils 433 Qubit-Plus Quantum Processor
November 10, 2022
IBM touted breakthrough advancements in quantum hardware and software and outlining its pioneering vision for quantum-centric supercomputing. The annual IBM Quantum Summit showcases the company's broad quantum ecosystem of clients, partners and developers and their continued progress to bring useful quantum computing to the world.
"The new 433 qubit 'Osprey' processor brings us a step closer to the point where quantum computers will be used to tackle previously unsolvable problems," said Dr. Darío Gil, Senior Vice President, IBM and Director of Research. "We are continuously scaling up and advancing our quantum technology across hardware, software and classical integration to meet the biggest challenges of our time, in conjunction with our partners and clients worldwide. This work will prove foundational for the coming era of quantum-centric supercomputing."
The company unveiled the following new developments:
IBM Osprey has the largest qubit count of any IBM quantum processor, more than
tripling the 127 qubits on the IBM Eagle processor unveiled in 2021. This
processor has the potential to run complex quantum computations well beyond the
computational capability of any classical computer. For reference, the number of
classical bits that would be necessary to represent a state on the IBM Osprey
processor far exceeds the total number of atoms in the known universe. For more
about how IBM continues to improve the scale, quality, and speed of its quantum
systems, read Quantum-Centric Supercomputing: Bringing the Next Wave of
Computing to Life.
Addressing noise in quantum computers continues to be an important factor in
adoption of this technology. To simplify this, IBM released a beta update to
Qiskit Runtime, which now includes allowing a user to trade speed for reduced
error count with a simple option in the API. By abstracting the complexities of
these features into the software layer, it will make it easier for users to
incorporate quantum computing into their workflows and speed up the development
of quantum applications. For more details read Introducing new Qiskit Runtime
capabilities — and how our clients are integrating them into their use cases.
As IBM Quantum systems scale up towards the stated goal of 4,000+ qubits by 2025
and beyond, they will go beyond the current capabilities of existing physical
electronics. IBM updated the details of the new IBM Quantum System Two, a system
designed to be modular and flexible, combining multiple processors into a single
system with communication links. This system is targeted to be online by the end
of 2023 and will be a building block of quantum-centric supercomputing — the
next wave in quantum computing which scales by employing a modular architecture
and quantum communication to increase its computational capacity, and which
employs hybrid cloud middleware to seamlessly integrate quantum and classical
Client & Ecosystem Expansion: Growth of IBM Quantum Network: IBM also announced today that German conglomerate Bosch has joined the IBM Quantum Network to explore a variety of quantum use cases. Other recent additions to the network include multinational telco Vodafone to explore quantum computing and quantum-safe cryptography, French bank Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale to explore use cases in financial services, and Swiss innovation campus uptownBasel to boost skill development and promote leading innovation projects on quantum and high-performance computing technology. These organizations are joining more than 200 organizations — and more than 450,000 users — with access to the world's largest fleet of more than 20 quantum computers accessible over the cloud.
IBM Quantum Summit 2022 marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of the global
quantum computing sector, as we advance along our quantum roadmap. As we
continue to increase the scale of quantum systems and make them simpler to use,
we will continue to see adoption and growth of the quantum industry," said Jay
Gambetta, IBM Fellow and VP of IBM Quantum. "Our breakthroughs define the next
wave in quantum, which we call quantum-centric supercomputing, where modularity,
communication, and middleware will contribute to enhanced scaling computation
capacity, and integration of quantum and classical workflows."