(ComputerWeekly) To celebrate the fourth anniversary of its cloud quantum computing service, IBM will run a quantum programming challenge to encourage developers to try quantum computing. IBM has set four tasks for programmers to try out on for the challenge using its cloud-based quantum computer, in a bid to widen quantum coding skills.
Through the IBM Quantum Challenge, running from 4 to 8 May, IBM said that anyone will be able to try to program its cloud-based quantum computer using quantum circuits, the fundamental building blocks of quantum computation. As developers program quantum computers, they effectively build and run quantum circuits.
ay Gambetta, IBM fellow and vice-president of IBM Quantum, wrote: “As we approach the fourth anniversary of the IBM Quantum Experience, we invite you to celebrate with us by completing a challenge with four exercises. “Whether you are already a member of the community, or this challenge is your first quantum experiment, these four exercises will improve your understanding of quantum circuits. We hope you can also have fun as you put your skills to test.
According to Gambetta, IBM now has 200,000 users, including more than 100 IBM Q Network client partners, who are actively using the IBM Quantum computer to conduct research on quantum information science, develop the applications of quantum computing in various industries, and educate the future quantum workforce.

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