The scientific community is waiting for a large-scale quantum computer that they can use to carry out difficult but crucial calculations. Meanwhile, a team of IBM researchers has decided to approach this problem from a different angle, which will allow them to get results right now.
Given that the quantum resources are limited, you can see how this would be the next great leap in computing.
The scientists were able to successfully simulate some molecules with a degree of accuracy that’s never been seen before. They did all this with some minor tweaking of their method and did not require more qubits to do it.
Proof that small quantum computers pack a punch
The researchers were able to pack more information into mathematical functions that were used to perform the simulation. With more functions, you get more precise results. They were able to do that without requiring more computation-related expenses.
The researchers pride themselves on being able to help quantum computers punch above their weight.
They demonstrated that the properties for paradigmatic molecules like hydrogen fluoride could be calculated with a higher degree of accuracy, using the small quantum computers already developed.
Daimler is in the mix
The carmaker Daimler is a long-term IBM partner in Quantum research. It has shown interest in the results of this study. They show that things could go a long way in the development of higher-performing, cheaper and durable batteries.
Since 2015, Daimler has been working on upgrading its lithium-ion batteries to lithium-sulfur, which is not toxic and easily available.
With accurate results, the company can increase the battery capacity and speed-of-charging in electric vehicles. IBM predicts it will reach 1,000 qubits in 2023, which could start early value creation in industries like chemical-related industries like pharmaceuticals.