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Supercomputers may no longer be a science-fiction cliché, with IBM planning to release a 1,121-qubit IBM Quantum Condor processor by 2023.

Quantum bits are bits that can exist as both zeros and ones simultaneously rather than exclusively one at a time, as common binary bits function. This enables systems to access a level of computing power previously unlocked, able to perform tasks such as modeling atoms, calculating large numbers quickly and more. Since IBM announced the quantum computer last September, it has made progress in making its supercomputing goal a reality.

“The key thing that we focused on in the last six months is really an articulation of our roadmaps, so the roadmap around hardware, the roadmap around software, and we’ve also done quite a bit of ecosystem development,” said Jamie Thomas (pictured), general manager of systems strategy and development for enterprise security at IBM.

Thomas spoke with Dave Vallente, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during IBM Think. They discussed the quantum computer, hybrid cloud, ecosystem evolution and more. (* Disclosure below.)

How IBM seeks to achieve quantum computing

To make the quantum computer possible, IBM plans to improve circuit execution speeds by 100-fold as part of its software roadmap toward the 2023 milestone, as well as a few additional developments to make the computer run efficiently and be more user friendly.

“As we go forward in the future, we’re modifying our Qiskit programming model to not only allow easy use by all types of developers, but to improve the fidelity of the entire machine,” Thomas said.

IBM also seeks to take advantage of OpenShift, running on a classic machine to achieve a “marriage” between classical processing and quantum processing.

“As you can imagine, that’ll give us a lot of flexibility in terms of where that classical machine resides and how we continue the evolution the great marriage that does exist and will exist between classical computing and quantum computing,” Thomas concluded.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of IBM Think. (* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for IBM Think. Neither IBM, the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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