Bringing Quantum to Business

IBM is building the world’s first universal quantum computers for business and science. Explore the possibilities of IBM Q.

Commercializing quantum

IBM Q is an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems. IBM Q systems and services will be delivered via the IBM Cloud platform. IBM intends to build IBM Q systems with ~50 qubits within the next few years and will collaborate with key industry partners to develop applications that exploit the quantum speedup of the systems. Following Watson and blockchain, quantum computing will provide the next powerful set of services delivered via the IBM Cloud platform.

Areas that may be revolutionized by quantum computing

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Medicine & Materials

Untangling the complexity of molecular and chemical interactions leading to the discovery of new medicines and materials.

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Supply Chain & Logistics

Finding the optimal path for ultra-efficient logistics and global supply chains, such as optimizing fleet operations for deliveries during the holiday season.

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Financial Services

Finding new ways to model financial data and isolating key global risk factors to make better investments.

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Artificial Intelligence

Making facets of artificial intelligence such as machine learning much more powerful when data sets are very large, such as in searching images or video.

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Cloud Security

Making cloud computing more secure by using the laws of quantum physics to keep private data safe no matter where it is stored or processed.

Advancing chemistry

IBM Q systems will be designed to tackle problems in business and science that are too complex and exponential in nature for classical computing systems to handle. One of the first and most promising applications will be in the area of chemistry. Even for simple molecules like caffeine, the number of quantum states in the molecule can be astoundingly large – so large that all the conventional computing memory and processing power that could ever be built could not model it.

IBM’s scientists have already developed techniques to model some molecules on quantum computers and experimental demonstrations are in progress. Modeling a molecule is the key to understanding its properties -- and could lead to the discovery of new materials and medicines.

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Quantum meets classic

IBM Q systems will work in concert with our classical high-performance systems to address problems that are impractical to solve on the latter alone. Today, with an IT infrastructure built for cognitive business that combines analytics acceleration and data centric design, IBM can help you uncover new insights and accelerate decision making to drive your success.

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Continue exploring the possibilities of quantum computing with IBM.

Why IBM is building a universal quantum computer

Learn about the impetus of IBM’s initiative.


Tour the IBM Q lab

See where IBM scientists are building a quantum computer at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.


Quantum ecosystem

IBM scientists released a new API to enable users to begin building interfaces between quantum and classical computers.


Quantum computing on IBM Cloud

Access the IBM Quantum Experience, a virtual lab where you can design and run your own algorithms through the IBM Cloud on an experimental quantum system.


Run your own quantum experiment

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