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IBM launches world's first commercial quantum computer

10 January, 2019, 20:12 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • IBM's Q System One is the world's first commercial quantum computer

"This new system is critical in expanding quantum computing beyond the walls of the research lab as we work to develop practical quantum applications for business and science", said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research. The Armonk, New York-headquartered company has also announced its plans to open the first IBM Q Quantum Computation Centre in Poughkeepsie later this year to give a boost to its quantum computing business.

The Consumer Electronics Show floor is abuzz with the talk about IBM's standalone quantum computer.

Under the agreement, ExxonMobil will become the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network, a worldwide community of companies, startups, academic institutions and national research labs working o advance quantum computing.

Designed by IBM scientists, systems engineers and industrial designers, IBM Q System One has a "sophisticated, modular and compact design optimised for stability, reliability and continuous commercial use".

For starters, Quantum Computing is a very advanced form of computing which goes a step ahead as compared to the traditional computers which only worked with binary forms of data.

The total, and IBM's ranking, comes courtesy of the research service IFI Claims, and among the more than 1,600 AI-related patents IBM secured during 2018 was one for Project Debater. Membership in the IBM Q hub will enable Argonne researchers to leverage their expertise in scalable algorithms across a broad set of multidisciplinary scientific applications and explore the impact of quantum computing on key areas including quantum chemistry and quantum materials.


For example, the technology company highlighted how quantum computing could be used to find new ways to model financial data or to optimise fleet operations for deliveries.

Quantum computing rely on a different approach to solving problem, unlike classical computers.

The Q System One communicates with the outside world through classical computing equipment that runs alongside the qubits. So, it might not be that powerful and more optimizations would be on its way.

"Protection from this interference is one of many reasons why quantum computers and their components require careful engineering and isolation".

Fermilab will use quantum computers for machine learning to classify objects in large cosmology survey applications, as well as optimization techniques to better understand the results of hadron collisions, and quantum simulation to research the potential of studying neutrino-nucleon cross-sections.

Additionally, IBM also announced the opening of the new IBM Q Quantum Computation Center later in 2019.

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