Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Technology | By Nina Perez

IBM just unveiled a 'quantum computing system' for commercial use

IBM just unveiled a 'quantum computing system' for commercial use

To design the IBM Q System One, IBM worked closely with design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio, as well Goppion, the company that has built the display cases that house the U.K.'s crown jewels and the Mona Lisa, for instance. "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.

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 says that the "world first" 20-qubit system is created to assist commercial and scientific organisations harness the power of quantum computing, highlighting examples such as financial data modelling or optimising global logistics operations.

Quantum computers are very complex systems, for designing this system IBM collaborated with top class designers, manufacturers, and architects from around the world.

The company also signaled plans to open a quantum computing center in NY later this year, which will house a cloud-based quantum computing system for IBM Q Network clients.

"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. "The IBM Q System One gets us closer to practical applications in chemistry and the development of new medicines, and new materials", wrote Sutor.

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To design IBM Q System One, IBM assembled a world-class team of industrial designers, architects, and manufacturers to work alongside IBM Research scientists and systems engineers, including United Kingdom industrial and interior design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio, and Goppion, a Milan-based manufacturer of high-end museum display cases that protect some of the world's most precious art including the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

This will be the first time when quantum computers will be available outside of research labs. IBM said the Q System One makes it possible to reset qubits in a matter of hours, instead of the days or weeks it normally takes.

IBM managed to shed all that and build a compact lovely piece-of-art that rests inside a 9-foot tall, 9-foot wide half-inch borosilicate glass case. The company says the glass door now opens effortlessly making it easier for owners to maintain and upgrade, with reduced downtime. Nevertheless, there is a plan to offer partners to the IBM Q Network programme cloud-based access to its quantum computing operations.

The replica of Q System One will be introduced at CES 2019 on January 8.

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. Its Q System One aims to make integration a lot easier so that it can be applied to the issues businesses face.

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