Re: Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:20 pm, #44
by Jessica
The quantum computer revolution is rocketing towards us with IBM doubling its quantum computing power since the previous year and a slew of new companies signing up to use their system. On one hand I am excited about the problems these systems will solve for humankind but on the other hand I am anxious as it brings us one day closer to a point in time when we loose control of the technology.

IBM Doubles Its Quantum Computing Power Again
By Paul Smith-Goodson, Jan 8,2020 ... c7bf2a61ab
IBM announced at CES 2020 that its newest 28-qubit quantum computer, Raleigh, achieved the company’s goal of doubling its Quantum Volume (IBM names its systems by city names). Raleigh reached a Quantum Volume of 32 this year, up from 16 last year.
IBM has doubled its systems' Quantum Volume every year since 2017, when it first demonstrated a Quantum Volume of 4 with its five-qubit computer called Tenerite. In 2018, the 20-qubit Tokyo obtained a Quantum Volume of 8, and last year the 20-qubit IBM Q System One, called Johannesburg, achieved a Quantum Volume of 16. Increasing the Quantum Volume each year is an important goal, both to IBM and the quantum computing industry in general.
Last year I wrote a more detailed description of Quantum Volume, which you can find here.

The higher the Quantum Volume, the more real-world, complex problems quantum computers can potentially solve, such as those explored by IBM's quantum network organizations.

Quantum Volume is a full-system quantum computer performance metric developed by IBM researchers in 2017. It produces a numerical value, such as the newly announced QV of 32. Interpreting Quantum Volume is simple—the larger the number, the more powerful the quantum computer.

You can look at the Quantum Volume number as you would look at a numerical grade given by an expert consultant who has evaluated the significant issues affecting the power and ability of a quantum computer to perform complex computations.

Quantum Volume considers such technical factors as how long quantum bits (qubits) can maintain their quantum state, errors made during hardware calibration, crosstalk, spectator errors, gate fidelity and other fidelity measurements. It also considers the number of qubits and their connectivity, as well as circuit software compiler efficiency.
HPC wire
IBM Touts Quantum Network Growth, Improving QC Quality, and Battery Research
By John Russell
January 8, 2020 ... -research/
IBM today announced its Q (quantum) Network community had grown to 100-plus – Delta Airlines and Los Alamos National Laboratory are among most recent additions – and that an IBM quantum computer had achieved a quantum volume (QV) benchmark of 32 in keeping with plans to double QV yearly.
Last year IBM introduced Quantum Volume, a new metric for benchmarking QC progress, and suggested others should adopt it. QV is composite measure encompassing many attributes – gate fidelity, noise, coherence times, and more – not just qubit count; so far QV’s industry-wide traction has seemed limited.

Welser emphasized IBM Q Network membership has steadily grown and now spans multiple industries including airline, automotive, banking and finance, energy, insurance, materials and electronics. Newest large commercial members include Anthem, Delta, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and Woodside Energy. New academia/government members include Georgia Institute of Technology and LANL. (A list and brief description of new members is at the end of the article.)