IBM Is Giving the Public Free Access to Their Quantum Computer

May 5, 2016 | Johannes Van Zijl

IBM Quantum Experience on the cloud, demonstrated by Jay Gambetta
Photo credit: IBM Research/Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Things are about to get a whole lot faster!

IBM has granted the public free access to their five-qubit quantum processing computer located at the T.J. Watson Research Centre in New York City. The company, which opened up access to the public on the 3rd of May through a cloud service, has given ordinary people the opportunity to experience the immense processing speed and infrastructure of their quantum computer.

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IBM brings quantum computing to the cloud:


Anyone can apply through the IBM research website to test the processor. The type of access one acquires depends on the individual’s technological background; those who are well versed with quantum technology and computing will be given more web accessibility to use the service.

Although the quantum technology being offered is not one of the cutting edge machines that are currently used by leading researchers around the world, it’s still a very powerful quantum processor, capable of handling much larger workloads than regular computers.

David Cory, who is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing at the University of Waterloo, had a chance to play around with the publicly available quantum computer.

In conversation with Fortune Magazine, he commented, “It is very robust and easy to use… I think it gives something real for people to play with.”

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Jerry Chow, manager of IBM’s experimental quantum computing group, told VentureBeat in an interview, “We want to start, and we want to see how the community reacts to this.”

According to Chow, if the program is received well by the public, they hope to open up more of their quantum computing infrastructure in the future.

You can try the “Quantum Experience” here.

If you wanted to learn how quantum computers work, watch this explanation by Veritasium:


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