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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
Roberta Sherman | 10 January, 2019, 20:10

The IBM Q System One ensures that these quantum computers can operate beyond the confines of a research lab.

"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.

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, IBM took the wraps off the Q System One, which it claims is the world's first integrated universal quantum computing system for commercial applications.

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Computers today store data in binary, as either zeroes or ones - strings of ones and zeroes represent numbers or letters. "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". 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 design includes a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide glass case enclosure which is sealed and airtight.

The IBM Q Network provides its organizations with quantum expertise and resources, quantum software and developer tools, as well as cloud-based access to IBM's most advanced and scalable commercial universal quantum computing systems available.

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"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing". The company is, however, set to give access to the quantum computing system to businesses partnering under the IBM Q Network. "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".

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. Talking about cloud computing and quantum computing, the firm has bagged over 2,000 patents in cloud computing and the highest number of quantum computing patents issued including a new way of miniaturising components that improve the performance of quantum computers.

Google is researching how to make quantum computers more stable and better able to find and fix errors, and it has also created and tested qubit processors as it pursues the technology.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory will use quantum computers along with high-performance supercomputers to benchmark new methods for studying strongly correlated dynamics in quantum materials, chemistry, and nuclear physics. Intel, too has been working on making big bets on quantum computing chips.

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