IBM Q System

IBM Q System Allocation and User Guidance

What is IBM Q?

The IBM Q is an IBM's initiative to innovate and research on quantum computers. Through its online platform named as `IBM Q Experience`, it provides general public access to a set of prototype quantum computers via the Cloud along with a set of tutorials on how to program the IBM Q devices, and other educational material about quantum computing. IBM also partners with some academic institutions through its `IBM Q Academic` program. To know more about quantum computing:

What is Qiskit?

Qiskit is an open-source software for quantum computing. It provides tools for designing quantum circuits and complex logic gates, writing them as quantum programs, running them on prototype quantum devices and simulators, and finally analyze the output. Its API uses a set of universally acceptable model for quantum computation.

How to Connect to IBM Q?

Option I: IBM Q Experience
It has a smaller sizes of resources and they are publicly available to anyone

1) Sign in to IBM Q with any account listed in the IBM login page:

IBM Q Experience

2) Check a checkbox to accept the IBM Q Experience End User License Agreement --> Accept & Continue

3) Now you will have "Get started with IBM Q Experience!"


Option II: IBM Q Academic
As part of the IBM Q Network collaboration, Notre Dame has direct access to their larger quantum computers. Through Call For Proposals (CFP), CRC awards allocation for the researchers to these systems and provides user support as well. Once users' get access to the `IBM Q Academic` systems they can launch jobs there in IBM's quantum computers by setting up an access token into the Qiskit installed in their local machine. A step-by-step process of installing Qiskit, writing code, setting up the access token, and launching job, etc. are available in the video.

Available Resources

ND has partnered with IBM to provide dedicated access to IBM's largest production Q systems. ND CRC will provide researchers access to these systems based on an annual RFP process by which faculty propose research projects. The exact IBM Q systems available changes as new systems are introduced. In the fall of 2019 we expect multiple 20 Q-Bit systems to be available with major queue wait time reductions from what users experience in the public IBM Q resources.

More educational resources can be found here: