Open source, a suitable vector of discovery in quantum computing? That’s what IBM’s Quantum Division thinks, bringing together researchers, scientists, academics, hobbyists and businesses from the Qiskit community.

This open-source framework based on IBM’s quantum computing software gives everyone access to the real capabilities of quantum computing in the cloud. Launched just over a year ago, the Qiskit (Quantum Information Science Kit) program is a continuation of the IBM Quantum Experience program, also known as IBM Q Experience, which, for the first time, made quantum computers available to researchers and developers in the cloud to enable them to explore this new way of processing data.

With Q Experience, fans have been able to create games and compose music using real quantum computers, and scientists and researchers are using qubits to solve problems that were once too difficult to solve.

Since the launch of Qiskit in 2017, the success of community involvement has surprised many people. The community regularly organizes the submission of articles. To date, 120 contributions about Qiskit appeared in one form or another. It also organizes teaching contests as part of a program called IBM Q Awards. For example, it’s about designing the best quantum mechanics courses, using Qiskit, or writing the best tutorial on quantum computing concepts that the framework can answer.

Applications in Quantum Mechanics

While the fashion of quantum computing (often disconcerting) is easier to understand through fun projects such as games or musical composition, the access provided by Q Experience has significant implications in the field of research. Just five years ago, to carry out a quantum experiment, you had to be part of a laboratory, and you had to play with the systems yourself. Sometimes, researchers were able to perform simulations to verify the functioning of the concepts of quantum mechanics. Today, almost everyone can access a real quantum system through the cloud.

It is clear that this new and exciting field is still in its infancy and that researchers are beginning to explore it and imagine possible applications of quantum computing. The potential for evolution and discovery will be enormous. At least, that’s what everyone expects. There have already been some fundamental discoveries about the possible use of the quantum computer. It is a very active field, and we can assume that in the next decade there will be many exciting novelties. Hopefully, the academic community will use these tools that were not available just five years ago. Today these systems are available, and scientists developed many tools such as Qiskit. It is an excellent learning opportunity if only to make more concrete the concepts learned in the university. With them, we can execute the code and see it in action.