Intel Quantum is a project undertaken by Intel Corporation that seeks to develop practical quantum computing systems that are commercially viable. Quantum computing technology is in its infancy and is yet to be fully implemented by businesses, universities, or even research institutions. Intel Quantum’s goal is to scale quantum technology to millions of qubits, making it possible for computers to process and solve exponentially greater problems compared to traditional hybrid computing solutions.
Quantum computers function differently than traditional computers. Their basic form of computing is based on the principles of quantum mechanics, which is a fundamental theory in physics that describes how the smallest particles function in the universe. A quantum computer is entirely different from a classical computer, which uses binary digits, or bits, to process data as either a 0 or 1. Quantum computing processes qubits, which can be both 0 and 1 simultaneously. This means that a qubit can be in multiple states at the same time, making it exponentially faster than processing data with a classical computer.
Intel Quantum’s long-term goal is to develop quantum processors that are commercially viable for customers in complex optimization, machine learning, and cryptography. Developing these processors will require a multidisciplinary team of engineers, physicists, and quantum scientists capable of combining their knowledge in the fields of quantum mechanics and computing science.
The development of quantum systems is challenging due to the limited cohesion between quantum mechanics and computer science. Since quantum mechanics is an exceedingly confusing subject that contradicts the teachings of classical mechanics, the general audience is limited to the most advanced quantum theorists.
To overcome this, Intel Quantum has launched an initiative to recruit world-class talent to work on the development of quantum technology. By partnering with academic institutions, start-ups, and international consortia, Intel has established a diverse team of experts that are working towards its long-term goals.
Intel Quantum’s ultimate goal is to bridge quantum mechanics and classical computing to create the most robust and advanced technology that can solve complex problems for businesses and academia. There are many challenges that need to be overcome in quantum computing, such as stability, error correction, and scalability. Intel Quantum sets itself apart from other quantum computing startups by taking a computer science-driven approach to quantum computing, focused on solving real-world problems.
Intel Quantum has also announced plans to invest heavily in the development of a test and development facility for researchers to evaluate quantum systems. This will enable Intel to test, benchmark, and conduct proof-of-concept experiments on Intel-developed quantum systems.