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IBM Adds New API To Quantum Computing Cloud Service HOT!

Last May, IBM opened up its 5 qubit computer in its NY state labs to the public in the form of a cloud service. The hope was that by providing interested parties with a working quantum computing model, it would help advance the technology, which remains very much in the preliminary stage of development.

IBM adds new API to quantum computing cloud service


Although we are years away from exploiting the full abilities of quantum computing, all of this is designed to advance the field to get to a point some time in the future when we have a 50-100 qubit system. Chow says this is believed to be the holy grail of quantum computing when we can really begin to take advantage of its power.

By offering free access to this type of cutting-edge computing, IBM is hoping to advance the field with the belief that everyone will benefit if that happens. Other companies working on quantum computing including Google, Microsoft, Intel and startups like D-Wave Systems.

We built Qiskit Runtime for the era of useful quantum computing, allowing you to easily create powerful algorithms and run them at scale. Qiskit Runtime delivers a tremendous performance increase for non-trivial workloads, delivering in some cases a 120X speedup over previous methods.

The IBM Quantum Accelerator is our full-service offering for clients looking to build on access offered by the Premium Plan. Accelerator clients get personalized support plans to fully prepare for the coming impact of quantum on their industries.

To run such experiments, researchers often program their own classical computers with hybrid quantum algorithms that then use application programming interfaces, or APIs, to call on quantum machines in the cloud for specific bits of a calculation. The results are then shipped back to the classical machines.

QCS tackles the problem with a data center containing both quantum computers and classical ones in a system optimized to run entire hybrid algorithms. The firm says that over the next few months, quantum algorithms will run 20 to 50 times faster on its QCS than on its current cloud setup, and significantly faster beyond that.

IBM already lets members of its business-focused QNetwork community access 20-qubit machines via the cloud, and provides free access to 5- and 16-qubit machines through an initiative called the IBM Quantum Experience. Dario Gil, the chief operating officer of IBM Research, says that some 97,000 users have run a total of 5.8 million experiments on the latter service since it launched in 2016.

Getting a proper (security) configuration takes the right order of baby steps. With the right instructions and experience, it is accomplished quickly and easily. Once done, it is possible to connect to Db2 using either a platform API key of IBM Cloud or a generated access token, replacing traditional username and password. It could be used to share an automatically expiring token (for a test instance) or to pass an API key that gets revoked at a later point. The IAM support not only adds more authentication options, but also new items to the security toolbox. See "Secure Credential Brokering in Analytic Jobs on Cloud Data Sources" on how they could be used with the SQL Query service.

NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today kicked off the IBM Quantum Summit 2022, announcing new 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 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."

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM's hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM's breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM's legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit

The IBM Quantum Composer and the IBM Quantum Lab (previously known collectively as the IBM Quantum Experience) form an online platform allowing public and premium access to cloud-based quantum computing services provided by IBM Quantum. This includes access to a set of IBM's prototype quantum processors, a set of tutorials on quantum computation, and access to an interactive textbook. As of February 2021, there are over 20 devices on the service, six of which are freely available for the public. This service can be used to run algorithms and experiments, and explore tutorials and simulations around what might be possible with quantum computing.

IBM recently announced updates to Qiskit Runtime, its containerized quantum computing service, and programming model. Users can optimize workloads and efficiently execute them on quantum systems at scale with the service. Qiskit Runtime also makes it easier for non-physicists to interface and experiment with quantum computers by deploying complete programs rather than circuits. The new updates help simplify quantum computing even more and should save developers many hours of detailed programming, freeing them for more interesting and creative work.

Qiskit Runtime is equipped with two new primitives as part of its service. Primitives are predefined programs that make it easy to create quantum-classical workloads needed to build and customize applications.

IBM has also added a much-needed third pay-as-you-go consumption pricing option for access to IBM cloud service and its 27-qubit Falcon processors. The cost of the new pricing option is $1.60 for each second of Qiskit Runtime use. That makes it an ideal plan with manageable costs for startups, small businesses, and lightly funded university programs.

Before developing Qiskit Runtime, early IBM quantum research focused on increasing the execution speed of quantum circuits and quantum operational sequences. Speed was, and still is, important to quantum computing for several reasons:

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The announcement last month by Microsoft and Rigetti came days after officials with the enterprise software and cloud giant said it was working with international consultancy firm KPMG to solve business problems using quantum-inspired optimization techniques they can access via Azure Quantum.

The announcements by Microsoft and its technology partners are the latest illustrations of the acceleration in innovation and offerings in a quantum computing field that has been talked about since the 1980s but has seen significant advancements in recent years and an embrace by not only an array of established vendors like Microsoft, Google and IBM but also a growing list of startups that are looking for traction in the market.

The global quantum market is expected to reach more than $5 billion by 2028 and the cloud is a key driver of this, according to Global Market Insights. The cloud segment accounted for more than 75% of the quantum computing spending in 2020 and the broader access to quantum computing on a greater range of devices that the cloud provides will continue to be another factor fueling the market expansion.

Having access to cloud-based quantum technology also is enabling companies to develop software platforms, libraries and toolkits now that will be able to run on quantum systems as they become available.

There are myriad reasons why the cloud is a good computing model for quantum, including making it more accessible, according to Roger Kay, principal analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates. Few organizations are going to be able to afford to install, deploy and run these systems in-house, Kay told The New Stack. Beyond just the prices these systems will command, the qubits inside them need to be kept at tremendously low temperatures, which means many of the quantum computers will need massive cooling systems.

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