IBM unveils world's first commercial integrated quantum computing system

IBM unveils world's first commercial integrated quantum computing system

"Our leadership in AI, cloud computing, security and quantum computing patents speaks to IBM's commitment to research and development in these important areas". The new machine doesn't look like a mainframe computer. This means - for the first time ever - universal approximate superconducting quantum computers can operate beyond the confines of the research lab.

IBM Q System One's eye-catching design is functional in the way it enables the quantum system to perform its sensitive, precise operations. Instead, it comes in a futuristic, nine-foot-tall and nine-foot wide case of half-inch thick borosilicate glass that reminds us of the cylindrical design of the 2013 Mac Pro.

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

IBM has banked on quantum as one of its core future technologies, first opening up client access through the cloud past year.

What makes the Q System One the most advanced cloud-based quantum computing programs is a long list of custom components that include cryogenic engineering (to keep the computing systems from overheating), quantum firmware (for upgrades and downtime), classical computation for secure cloud access and more. The company intends to open a commercial center for quantum computing clients this year in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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.

"The strategic use of intellectual property has been at the core of IBM's success throughout our 108-year history", IBM Research lab director and vice president of research Jeff Weisler told BGR. IBM has, therefore, consolidated all the components of the Q System One into a glass-enclosed, air-tight environment. And with its latest Q System One, it sure seems to have taken a step forward in doing so.

BIG BLUE IBM has announced the world's first integrated quantum computing system designed for commercial use. Its Q System One aims to make integration a lot easier so that it can be applied to the issues businesses face.

Besides, the company received more than 2,000 cloud computing patents, 1400 of them cyber security domain. While the computer is open to paying customers, developers will access its power from the comfort of their own homes or offices via the IBM Cloud. There is also a series of independent aluminium and steel frames to help avoid any potential vibration interference that could result in "phase jitter" and qubit decoherence.

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