IBM announced two new quantum computing machines. First up, the company created a 20 qubits quantum computer that will be available via the cloud to clients by the end of this year. Secondly, IBM also has a prototype of a system with 50 qubits. That model will serve as the base for future IBM Q generations.
The rate of progress has been remarkable. Only a year and a half ago, we put the IBM Q experience prototype 5-qubit machine in the cloud, and made it available for the world to use, explore, and learn from. A year later, we added a second device with 16 qubits. Today, more than 60,000 users from more than 1,500 universities, 300 high schools, and 300 private institutions have registered for accounts on the IBM Q experience, and collectively run 1.7 million experiments. The members of the research community have also published more than 35 research papers using our platform as a testbed for ideas. This is only the beginning.