Alibaba launches 11 qubit quantum computer with cloud computing access

Alibaba opened up access to an 11-qubit system on its computer cloud. IBM has a 20 qubit quantum computer available on its cloud.

Users can now access the superconducting quantum computing cloud through Alibaba Cloud’s quantum computing cloud platform to efficiently run and test custom-built quantum codes and download the results.

Dubbed the “ultimate computing power” of the Mother Nature, quantum computing is seen as a solution that can perform calculations at a rate far beyond that of traditional computers. With this ground-breaking quantum technology offered by CAS and Alibaba Cloud, users will be able to run and trial their quantum algorithms in order to learn more about the features and capabilities including the performance of the processor and any existing technological barriers. Understanding more about these considerations will further push the advancement of quantum technology.

Offering quantum computing services on cloud is another breakthrough by the two parties. This will enable wider participation in overcoming technological challenges and the sharing of ideas and knowledge that will move scientists towards full utilization of this powerful technology.

Dr. Shi Yaoyun, Chief Quantum Technology Scientist at Alibaba Cloud, said: “By introducing quantum computing services on cloud, we make it easier for the teams to experiment with quantum applications in a real environment to better understand the property and performance of the hardware, as well as leading the way in developing quantum tools and software globally. The user experience offered on cloud will, without doubt, help us further enhance our platform.”

Alibaba Cloud has made a significant commitment to quantum technology over recent years. In July 2015, Alibaba Cloud and CAS jointly established the first quantum computing laboratory in Asia, and shortly thereafter made a breakthrough in achieving the world’s first cloud-based quantum cryptography method.

In May 2017, CAS-Alibaba Quantum Computing Laboratory participated in the development of the world’s first photon quantum computer.