Under its IBM Q roadmap, the company will build commercial quantum computing systems with around 50 qubits (quantum bits) in a few years.
Developers and programmers can dive into building code for quantum computers today with IBM’s Quantum Experience API. The API has access to 5 qubits to IBM’s operational quantum computer, while an upgraded simulator can model circuits with up to 20 qubits. Sometime between now and the end of June, IBM plans to release a full Software Development Kit (SDK) for users to build simple quantum applications and software programs.
IBM is touting its Quantum Experience as a way for anyone to connect to IBM’s quantum processor via (IBM’s) cloud to run algorithms and experiences, work with individual quantum bits, and explore tutorials and simulations on what might be possible with quantum computing.