IBM Unveils The Very First Commercial Quantum Computer

IBM Unveils The Very First Commercial Quantum Computer

"The scale and complexity of many challenges we face in our business surpass the limits of today's traditional computers", said Vijay Swarup, vice president of research and development for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.

Quantum computers have the potential to perform seemingly-impossible computing tasks, but they're still in their very early stages.

IBM Q systems are created to one day tackle problems that are now seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle.

In a press release issued by the company, IBM stated, "In 2018, IBM employee inventors received a record number of 9,100 patents, marking the company's 26th consecutive year of the US patent leadership".

The computer itself is in a nine-by-nine glass cube that maintains it at the exactly correct temperature and other conditions it needs to do its work - a kind of fragility that means that you can't just order one and have it sent; customers will access it via the IBM Cloud. Bob Sutor, the VP of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem.

All-in-one: Many quantum machines that use superconducting circuits, an approach favored by IBM, are a smorgasbord of wires connecting various electronic devices to a cryostatic cooling chamber that contains the quantum chip. Quantum computing could more effectively solve large systems of linear equations, which will accelerate the development of more realistic simulations.

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With the prospect of being the first to reach quantum supremacy, many organizations are focusing on internal efforts as opposed to industrywide collaboration, Jim Clarke, director of quantum hardware at Intel, told CIO Dive in an August interview.

CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, will work with IBM to explore how quantum computing may be used to advance scientific understanding of the universe. "To that end, in 2018 IBM researchers patented a diagnostic tool that could use machine learning and image analysis to help scientists identify a plant's species, diagnose and recommend a treatment". Notably, the IBM Q System One won't be sold publicly to the masses.

He also mentioned some real, practical applications of the system.

Hybrid execution of quantum algorithms in an isolated, secure environment that is accessible through the cloud.

IBM assembled a world-class team of industrial designers, architects, and manufacturers to work alongside IBM Research scientists and systems engineers to design IBM Q System One, including United Kingdom industrial and interior design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio, and Goppion, a Milan-based manufacturer of high-end museum display cases that protect some of the world's most precious art including the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. IBM Q System One is going to be a 20-qubits machine.

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".

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