IBM creates Q System One to sell quantum capacity

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

IBM launches world's first commercial quantum computer

IBM used the show to unveil what it is calling IBM Q System One, a "universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use".

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. IBM Q is building quantum computers with the potential to solve some problems beyond the reach of classical computers in such areas as financial services, pharmaceuticals and artificial intelligence.

In terms of the IBM Q System One's appearance, the computer is defined by a stack of circuit boards and wires, encased in a metal cylinder that sits in a half-inch thick glass case.

Quantum computing is still in the infancy stage, and IBM's 20-qubit Q System One is more like a stepping stone in the right direction, although it is designed for commercial use by different clients, it will take some time for quantum systems to be mainstream solutions for highly complex and exponential problems along with normal real-life computation requirements. The designing work of the machine was also accomplished by United Kingdom industrial and interior design studios Map Project Office and Milan-based museum display case manufacturer Goppion, and Universal Design Studio.

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

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IBM is enabling universal quantum computers to operate outside the research lab for the first time. In the more immediate reality of 2019, IBM still has something in the works. Bob Sutor, Vice President of IBM Q Strategy & Ecosystems, noted that when the topic comes to the quantum computing system, each thing is cloud-based by far. The company is, however, set to give access to the quantum computing system to businesses partnering under the IBM Q Network.

"In 2018, IBM employee inventors received a record number of 9,100 patents, marking the company's 26th consecutive year of the US patent leadership".

The integrated quantum computing system works very similar to the traditional computers.

The enclosure contained "thousands" of components, and was designed in such a way that it could also be opened up to perform upgrades or maintenance - something IBM saw as critical if the system was to be used commercially.

IBM Poughkeepsie's unique history in computing stretches back to the development of IBM's first line of production business computers in the 1950s, the IBM 700 series, and the IBM System/360 in the 1960s, which revolutionized the world by changing the way businesses thought about computer hardware. Powerful yet delicate, qubits quickly lose their special quantum properties, typically within 100 microseconds (for state-of-the-art superconducting qubits), due in part to the interconnected machinery's ambient noise of vibrations, temperature fluctuations, and electromagnetic waves.

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