IBM Unveils 'World's First Commercial Quantum Computer'

IBM Unveils'World's First Commercial Quantum Computer

IBM Unveils'World's First Commercial Quantum Computer

Advances in quantum computing could provide ExxonMobil with an 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 enable discovery of new materials for more efficient carbon capture.

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 bet a lot on this futuristic technology and time and again shared its progress in the field of quantum computing.

The hardware is contained in a specially designed 9x9 foot glass case built by Goppion, a world-renowned maker of museum glass display cases that is best known for protecting the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. People today can access real quantum computers through the cloud to conduct research and explore new problems. Qubits in this configuration interact in counterintuitive ways that theoretically make it possible to process data much faster than traditional computers.

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialisation of quantum computing", said Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President of Hybrid Cloud and Director of IBM Research, in a press statement. The IT giant said it is planning to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York later this year.

Until now, quantum computers have existed only in disassembled form in research labs.

The quantum computing system has also been designed like a single package which is a first, with all the parts needed to keep this machine going.

Classical computation to provide secure cloud access and hybrid execution of quantum algorithms. 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. The Q System One is created to reduce interference like vibration, ambient noise, electromagnetic waves and changes in temperature.

IBM managed to shed all that and build a compact handsome piece-of-art that rests inside a 9-foot tall, 9-foot wide half-inch borosilicate glass case.

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.

Quantum computing is considered one of the most promising early-stage technologies out there today. The free and publicly available IBM Q Experience has been continuously operating since May of 2016 and now boasts more than 100,000 users, who have run more than 6.7 million experiments and published more than 130 third-party research papers.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's IBM Q Hub, announced in 2017, now includes member labs: Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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