IBM launches world's first commercial quantum computer

IBM's Q System One is the world's first commercial quantum computer

IBM launches world's first commercial quantum computer

To design the IBM Q System One, IBM worked closely with design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio, as well Goppion, the company that has built the display cases that house the U.K.'s crown jewels and the Mona Lisa, for instance.

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. Bob Sutor, Vice President of IBM Q Strategy & Ecosystems, noted that when the topic comes to the quantum computing system, each thing is cloud-based by far. In addition, the no-cost and publicly available IBM Q Experience now supports more than 100,000 users, who have run more than 6.7 million experiments and published more than 130 third-party research papers.

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.

It said that the design "includes a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide case of half-inch thick borosilicate glass forming a sealed, airtight enclosure". This first of a kind, universal quantum computing machine will be available for commercial clients very soon, IBM has plans to open a Quantum Computation Center within this year in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Quantum computing is all about quantum bits, or qubits, and for processing every single qubit, the machine needs an undistracted environment.

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Until now, quantum computers have existed only in disassembled form in research labs. IBM has, therefore, consolidated all the components of the Q System One into a glass-enclosed, air-tight environment. The objective of the centre is to make IBM Q System One capacity available on a limited commercial basis. Unlike modern computers that function using a binary system that give answers made up of ones and zeros, quantum computers use quantum particles known as qubits, allowing huge data sets or complicated algorithms to be answered much faster.

IBM has a legacy of bringing enterprise-focused computing solutions.

A series of independent aluminum and steel frames unify, but also decouple the system's cryostat, control electronics, and exterior casing, helping to isolate the system components for improved performance.

Called as "IBM Q System One", the computer has been created to employ quantum computing principles (albeit in their initial phases) and could be used by businesses and individuals for their own uses. All these are likely to be the areas where the IBM Q System One will be sufficient enough. The company has also said that out of all the received patents, more than 3,000 patents are related to work in artificial intelligence, cloud and quantum computing. Its Q System One aims to make integration a lot easier so that it can be applied to the issues businesses face.

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