IBM plans to offer public access to test a quantum computer

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Users will be able to work with qubits, study tutorials, and run simulations. Access will be available soon. IBM hopes to build a quantum computer in the order of 50 to 100 qubits within the next decade. Scientists’ dream, however, is a true universal quantum computer would require somewhere between a million to 100 million qubits. That could take decades to build. Quantum computers provide a radically different computational path than today’s PCs.

Quantum computing uses particles called quantum bits, or qubits to handle the heavy duty processing. Qubits can achieve various states, like holding a one and a zero simultaneously. At this development step error are possuble. Not all programs will execute properly. It was specified, don’t expect to run regular applications like Microsoft Word. This is instead a powerful research tool as an academic project. The actual quantum processor is stored at IBM’s research center in Yorktown Heights, NY. in a complex refrigeration system that keeps the chip cooled near absolute zero.

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