As we indicated in our article last December about IBM’s roadmap, IBM has officially released version 1.0 of Qiskit. This release provides higher performance, a more stable platform, a leaner set of libraries, and an SDK built for an open-source ecosystem. It will have experimental native OpenQASM 3 support and includes support for dynamic circuits and disjoint qubit coupling maps for the new IBM Heron class of processors. Now that the software has reached version 1.0, future releases will be more structured and stable with major releases that might introduce breaking changes occurring at least one year apart. Minor versions and patch versions may occur more often to introduce new features or fix bugs, but these should not break previous functionality. IBM has posted a blog describing the release and details of the new features and it can be accessed here.

March 9, 2024