IBM launches world's first commercial quantum computer

Joanna Estrada
January 10, 2019

"IBM also led the industry in the number of AI, cloud computing, security and quantum computing-related patent grants, with more than 4,000 patents", it said.

Quantum computers have the potential to perform seemingly-impossible computing tasks, but they're still in their very early stages.

The IBM system also has its own Quantum firmware, which will manage the system health and enable system upgrades without downtime for users, claims the company. For example, future applications for quantum computing may include untangling the complexity of molecular and chemical interactions leading to the discovery of new medicines, or finding and developing new materials for automotive application through quantum chemistry. 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.

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing".

In an interview with Fortune, IBM vice-president of research, Jeffery Welser said that the Debater, "is capable of understanding how two identical sentences can convey different meanings depending on the context and anticipates a world where computers will better understand human interactions". Together, ExxonMobil and IBM will explore how quantum computing may address computationally challenging problems across a variety of applications. In a move that harkens back to Cray's supercomputers with its expensive couches, IBM worked with design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio, as well Goppion, the company that has built, among other things, the display cases that house the U.K.'s crown jewels and the Mona Lisa. Bob Sutor, the VP of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem.

IBM goes on to explain in a company blog post today that the work in these and other areas often begins long before there is any associated practical enterprise uses for the technology the company is probing. New algorithms will also be used to model and simulate quantum network architectures and develop hybrid quantum-classical architectures, which combine the power of quantum processors with Argonne's world-class supercomputing resources.

"Protection from this interference is one of many reasons why quantum computers and their components require careful engineering and isolation". At this year's CES, IBM is announcing the Q System One, impressively billing it as "the world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use". The 20-Quibit system by IBM, which is seen as one of the leaders in the field of quantum computing, could one day solve complex problems.

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