IBM creates Q System One to sell quantum capacity

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

"Our leadership in AI, cloud computing, security and quantum computing patents speaks to IBM's commitment to research and development in these important areas". It's a cryogenically cooled, nine-foot-tall and nine-foot-wide cube that tackles some of the practical challenges involved in operating a quantum computer.

By packaging a number of components, IBM claims to have created the world's first integrated universal quantum computing system for commercial applications. IBM said the Q System One makes it possible to reset qubits in a matter of hours, instead of the days or weeks it normally takes.

Commercial viability is not an indicator that the company has a pure quantum computer, however. 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. "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".

"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.

"These organizations will work directly with IBM scientists, engineers and consultants to explore quantum computing for specific industries".

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.

Advances in quantum computing could provide ExxonMobil with the ability to address computationally challenging problems across a variety of applications, including the potential to optimize a country's power grid, and perform more predictive environmental modeling and highly accurate quantum chemistry calculations to discover new materials for more efficient carbon capture, the company said. So, it might not be that powerful and more optimizations would be on its way.

Classical computation to provide secure cloud access and hybrid execution of quantum algorithms. IBM, along with other big tech firms such as Google, Microsoft and Intel, is working toward a universal, scalable quantum computer, which will be capable of solving a lot of problems without needing specialization - moving technologists past the limits of current classical and supercomputers.

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.

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