IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer

IBM's Q System One quantum computer                  IBM

IBM's Q System One quantum computer IBM

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing", added Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research. "We'll see quantum computing's first impact in the areas of chemistry and science".

There's no news on how much the system will cost, but companies and research organisations will be able to pay to use it via IBM's cloud, with Exxon Mobile and CERN among those already signed up.

The quantum computing train keeps on rolling.

Looking at IBM's Q System One strengthens faith in commercial availability of quantum computers. This seemingly-small thing gives quantum computers the ability to do exponentially more calculations at once, making them powerful enough for incredibly complicated tasks like drug discovery, intensive data analysis, and even creating unbreakable codes.

Commercial viability is not an indicator that the company has a pure quantum computer, however.

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. The IT giant said it is planning to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York later this year.

"These organizations will work directly with IBM scientists, engineers and consultants to explore quantum computing for specific industries".

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will use IBM Q systems as part of its quantum information science research to develop and simulate a variety of algorithms for studying strong correlation, environmental coupling, and excited state dynamics in molecular complexes and materials; novel error mitigation and circuit optimization techniques; and theories resembling the standard model in high-energy physics.

ExxonMobil's partnership with IBM expands the company's collaborative efforts with other companies and academic institutions that are focused on developing an array of new energy technologies, improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

IBM isn't the only company that's been working on quantum computing, as the technology is still far from ready for mass deployment.

IBM used the show to unveil what it is calling IBM Q System One, a "universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use".

IBM managed to shed all that and build a compact handsome piece-of-art that rests inside a 9-foot tall, 9-foot wide half-inch borosilicate glass case.

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

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