IBM has big plans for its quantum computing systems, but recognizes that a lot of work needs to be done.

IBM has announced its goal to build a 4,000 qubit system by 2025 on its Think! an event this week that says it wants to build practical quantum computing systems that include an intelligent layer for orchestrating software to efficiently distribute workloads and eliminate infrastructure challenges.

“We think that by next year we will start prototyping quantum software applications for specific uses,” said IBM. “We will begin to define these services with our first test case – machine learning – working with partners to accelerate the path to useful quantum software applications.”

The big goal is to build what, in today’s terms, would be a massive quantum computer – a 4000+ qubit system built with clusters of quantum processors. IBM’s current quantum processor, Eagle, supports 127-qubit processing and is expected to launch Osprey, a 433-qubit processor by the end of the year, to be followed in 2023 by the 1121-qubit Condor processor.

Achieving the huge goal that IBM envisions will involve connecting three 1,386-qubit multi-chip processors, which IBM calls Kookaburra for a total of 4,158-qubits.

To achieve this goal, IBM and its partners will need to develop tons of new software that can control and bind such systems together, while eliminating bugs that could entice quantum work.

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