IBM announced two quantum processor upgrades for its Q early-access commercial systems, an initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems for business and science applications.

The upgrades represent advances in quantum hardware, and clients will have online access to the computing power of the first IBM Q systems by the end of 2017, with a series of planned upgrades during 2018, said the company in a statement.

The hardware advances are a result of three generations of development since IBM first launched a working quantum computer online in May 2016, according to the company.

Over 60,000 users have run over 1.7 million quantum experiments and generated over 35 third-party research publications, through IBM Q. Users have registered from over 1500 universities, 300 high schools, and 300 private institutions worldwide, says IBM.

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