Quantum computers have achieved a scale where they can now explore challenging problems beyond exact classical solutions. Now, our community of researchers and developers can begin using these utility-scale systems, with our updated Open Plan and through new IBM Quantum Credits.
Earlier this year, we demonstrated evidence that a 127-qubit IBM Quantum Eagle processor could serve as a valuable tool for exploring problems beyond the limit of exact classical simulations. And with that, we updated our IBM Quantum Premium and Pay-As-You-Go plans from the Falcon to the Eagle processors — and announced our intention to transition our fleet to one solely of those with more than 100 qubits.
As we enter the era of quantum utility, it’s important that we identify problems that could benefit from a quantum speedup — and to begin mapping those problems to qubits. IBM Quantum has introduced a variety of new tools so that users can begin extracting values from these larger systems, like error mitigation, dynamic circuits, and more. That’s why we’re redefining our Open Plan so that anyone can begin their journey programming on utility-scale quantum systems.
Open Plan users will receive up to 10 minutes per month of IBM Qiskit Runtime access to start running experiments on quantum systems with 100 qubits or more. After trying out our Open Plan systems, users who need more time can continue to run their code through our Pay-As-You-Go Plan, or their institution can subscribe to our Premium Plan. Users can also apply for IBM Quantum Credits.
As we enter the era of quantum utility, it’s important that we identify problems that could benefit from a quantum speedup.
We hope that our upgraded plans will serve as a platform for users to formulate amazing ideas and propose projects that can accelerate the path to quantum utility for new domains — such as healthcare and life science, materials science, high-energy physics, and optimization for finance and sustainability.
In order to accelerate the timeline to useful quantum computing, we are also announcing a limited number of IBM Quantum Credits that we will award to researchers and developers working on highly innovative projects — those that advance the latest techniques and algorithms and explore their usage in impactful application areas. IBM Quantum Credits allow successful applicants a pre-set amount of access to our utility-scale systems over the cloud.
Preference will be given to projects that are driving cutting-edge advancements for quantum utility and have the potential to scale to large systems in the future — such as the In 2024, we plan to offer a tool capable of calculating unbiased observables of circuits with 100 qubits and depth-100 gate operations in a reasonable runtime.100×100 system we announced last year, which is planned for release at the end of 2024.
Those developers who qualify to receive IBM Quantum Credits to accelerate use cases will also have opportunities to connect with other credit recipients. We invite the quantum research community to apply for IBM Quantum Credits by filling out this form.
Still need to run your first circuit? We encourage you to get started on the IBM Quantum Platform, today.