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IBM Unveils the World’s First Commercial Quantum Computer

10 January 2019, 08:11 | Casey Mitchell

IBM Unveils the World’s First Commercial Quantum Computer

IBM Unveils the World’s First Commercial Quantum Computer

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

"The advancement of new breakthroughs, coupled with the creative application of current technologies available to us from outside the energy sector, will be critical in addressing the dual challenge of producing energy to fuel economies and meeting consumers' needs while managing the risks of climate change", Swarup said.

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing", added Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research.

IBM isn't aiming to bring the Q System One to the masses. Developers have also downloaded Qiskit, a full-stack, open-source quantum software development kit, more than 140,000 times to create and run quantum computing programs.

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ExxonMobil will become the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network.

Other providers, such as D-Wave International, are offering specialized quantum computers that harness quantum annealing for optimization problems, from traffic optimization in China to election modeling. Quantum computing could more effectively solve large systems of linear equations, which will accelerate the development of more realistic simulations. However, quantum computers are much more powerful.

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. The machine has been designed by a group of industrial designers, architects, and manufacturers alongside IBM Research scientists and system engineers.

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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He also mentioned some real, practical applications of the system. The organizations that partner with IBM will get access to its quantum software and cloud-based quantum computing systems.

If you want to buy yourself a quantum computer, you'll have to work with IBM, though. It's no surprise then, that IBM stresses that this is a first attempt and that the systems are "designed to one day tackle problems that are now seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle".

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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The new IBM Q System One platform is its first integrated universal quantum computing platform and its "most advanced ever", meaning the technology is finally able to break free from the laboratory to help a wider range of organisations than ever before.



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