IBM has announced that its 14th quantum computer, its most powerful to date, will be available to customers starting in October. At its core, the system has 53 qubits of processing power. That's a big leap up from the IBM Q System One it debuted this past January, which had 20 qubits of processing power.
Quantum computing often sounds confusing. That's because it is—and it doesn't help that we don't really use the things it deals with in our daily lives. On the flip side, classical computing, which allows you to read this article on a variety of devices, is seen and used by hundreds of millions of people every day.
Classical computing uses bits, or pieces of data stored as zeroes and ones. Quantum computing happens at the atomic level and uses quantum bits, called qubits, which can use zeroes, ones, and any number in between. That allows them to solve problems with greater efficiency.
The new quantum system is important because it offers a larger lattice and gives users the ability to run even more complex entanglement and connectivity experiments," says Dario Gil, director of IBM Research, in a press statement.
“The single goal of this passionate community is to achieve what we call Quantum Advantage, producing powerful quantum systems that can ultimately solve real problems facing our clients that are not viable using today’s classical methods alone, and by making even more IBM Quantum systems available we believe that goal is achievable.” Gil adds.