China launches quantum computing cloud platform
Alibaba and the Innovative Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Physics (Chinese Academy of Sciences) jointly launched a quantum computing cloud platform.
This platform is one of the results of the quantum computing joint-lab that Alibaba and the Chinese Academy of Sciences started in July 2015. The goal of that lab is to perform frontier research on systems that appear promising in realizing the practical applications of quantum computing.
The goals of the quantum computing cloud platform are to promote research and development in three main areas:
- Improve existing computing technologies, such as machine learning.
- Enable new industries, by creating a quantum computing IT eco-system.
- Strengthen quantum encryption communication technology.
At present the platform offers 25 qubits in a quantum simulator. More impressive is the rumour that by the end of 2017 there should be 10 superconducting qubits online.
As part of the announcement of the platform China’s most famous quantum computing expert, academician Pan Jianwei gave a speech on the “quantum computing revolution”. He stated that 30 years ago he did not expect to see feasible quantum computing in his lifetime. Now he predicts that in 5~10 years systems with hundreds of quantum bits shall be available. For specific tasks, such computing systems would outperform current computing capacity by 100 million times.