IBM Adds LG Electronics To Its Massive 170+ Member IBM Quantum Network

Since 2016, when IBM offered the first open access to a 5-qubit quantum computer on the Internet, it has sought to accelerate and scale the growth of the quantum computing ecosystem. His commitment to the quantum ecosystem continues today. Despite its large number and number of members, the IBM Quantum Network is only a small part of IBM’s overall support for ecosystems.

IBM recently announced LG Electronics’ membership in the IBM Quantum Network. LG Electronics is a South Korean multinational electronics company headquartered in Yeo-dong, Seoul, South Korea, which employs more than 80,000 people worldwide. The IBM Quantum Network also includes other electronics giants such as Toshiba, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi and others.

LG Electronics plans to use the IBM Quantum Network to help it explore the application of quantum computing to a variety of applications such as artificial intelligence, connected cars, digital transformation, IoT and robotics.

IBM Quantum Global Network membership

The IBM Quantum Network is global in scale and has more than 170 members. There are many significant benefits for all companies and research organizations that are part of the network. Benefits include:

  • Premier cloud access to IBM’s most advanced quantum computing systems and quantum development tools
  • Access IBM Quantum experts for technical support, training and collaborative research.
  • Use patented Qiskit extensions. Qiskit is an open source, modular and extensible quantum programming framework.

Quantum experiments today are very important for the use of quantum advantages in the future.

The IBM Hardware and Software Quantum Roadmap is useful not only for members of the IBM Quantum Network, but for the entire quantum ecosystem. The roadmap facilitates planning by predicting planned IBM and software developments by 2026 and beyond. As a member of the network, LG Electronics will be able to take advantage of future achievements and breakthroughs and apply them in its activities.

When originally released in 2020, the IBM roadmap predicted the release of a new 127-qubit quantum processor next year. Just in time, IBM fulfilled that prediction in late 2021 by announcing its new Eagle processor, the first quantum computer with 127 high-quality qubits that surpassed China’s quantum Jiuzhang quantum superconductor by 113 qubits. The technical improvements made to Eagle will also be part of IBM’s future quantum processors – for next year’s 433-cubic Osprey and 1,121-cubic Condor in 2023. Sometime after 2023, IBM plans to release a quantum computer with a million qubits or more. The entire ecosystem still needs to do a lot of research before this can be done.

Byeong-hoon Kim is the Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President of LG Electronics. According to an IBM press release, he said: “Based on our open innovation strategy, we plan to use IBM Quantum to develop our competence in quantum computing. We aim to give customers a value they have not felt so far using quantum computing technology. future business ”.

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