Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

IBM Unveils The Very First Commercial Quantum Computer

IBM Unveils The Very First Commercial Quantum Computer

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing", the Director for IBM Research, Mr. Arvind Krishna said.

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.

Welser also said that Quantum Computing will start seeing a real-world impact in the next few years as scientists learn how to add and control qubits.

Qubits are only useful for more than 100 microseconds, and while IBM's Q System One is not yet powerful enough at 20-qubits, it will be one of the first commercial ready quantum computers.

Back in 2017, IBM broke new ground when it announced it's prototype commercial 17-qubit processor, forming the base for its IBM Q early-access systems.

IBM isn't aiming to bring the Q System One to the masses. "The IBM Q System One gets us closer to practical applications in chemistry and the development of new medicines, and new materials", wrote Sutor. The casing is important: Qubits lose their quantum computing properties outside of very specific conditions.

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.

Named IBM Q System One, IBM says the system is "designed to one day tackle problems that are now seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems in nature". Usually, quantum computers are carefully preserved in research labs, where various elements such as reinforced chambers, tanks of liquid helium, cryogenic equipment and hundreds of yards of cabling, the Financial Times reported.

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. IBM has, therefore, consolidated all the components of the Q System One into a glass-enclosed, air-tight environment.

IBM is locked in a race with Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Microsoft Corp. and others in building machines that businesses can use to solve hard real-world problems now beyond the reach of the most powerful conventional supercomputers.

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

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