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IBM Unveils '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
Katie Ramirez | 10 January, 2019, 20:08

"This new system is critical in expanding quantum computing beyond the walls of the research lab as we work to develop practical quantum applications for business and science", said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research. "Quantum computing can potentially provide us with capabilities to simulate nature and chemistry that we've never had before". IBM has bet a lot on this futuristic technology and time and again shared its progress in the field of quantum computing.

Alongside the rollable TVs, drones and other new gadgets on display at the CES consumer electronics show this week in Las Vegas, IBM Corp.is demonstrating the latest evolution of its quantum computing hardware. On that note, IBM has announced the first step where it is planning to open first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York, later this year.

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. 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. The casing is important: Qubits lose their quantum computing properties outside of very specific conditions. Also, the system is claimed to have a number of custom components that could open the avenue for modular quantum computers in the future. Together, ExxonMobil and IBM will explore how quantum computing may address computationally challenging problems across a variety of applications. Bob Sutor, the VP of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem. "Much of the success in our own ingenuity is facilitated by the innovation of others outside our industry, from three-dimensional printing to quantum computing".

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IBM unveiled the IBM Q System One on Tuesday, billed as the world's first quantum computer that businesses will actually be able to buy and use.

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

This case is purpose-built to eliminate outside interference and lengthen the lifespan of quantum computing's units of information called qubits so they survive long enough to perform useful calculations without interference from external sound, vibrations, or temperature fluctuations. It's no surprise then, that IBM stresses that this is a first attempt and that the systems are "designed to one day tackle problems that are now seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle".

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