First commercial quantum computer by IBM is here

Postado Janeiro 11, 2019

The Q System One has a modular and compact design optimized for stability, reliability and continuous commercial use.

IBM unveiled the world's first standalone quantum computer - the IBM Q System One - which is an architectural marvel yet powerful enough to leave the best supercomputers in the dust.

All the work being done in the space means that businesses are not too far away from being able to run applications on quantum systems, according to IBM CEO Rometty.

The system is comprised of a number of custom components that work together to serve as the most advanced cloud-based quantum computing program available.

IBM says it has no plans to sell the system, but will instead rent access to the hardware via the IBM Cloud, allowing customers to remotely perform quantum calculations. Quantum computing can potentially provide us with capabilities to simulate nature and chemistry that we've never had before. It tapped the expertise of 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. IBM has bet a lot on this futuristic technology and time and again shared its progress in the field of quantum computing.

Quantum computers have the ability to revolutionize medical development, artificial intelligence, cryptography, financial models and climate simulations, and IBM imagines a world where they operate perfectly with traditional PCs and server farms. In fact, IBM itself already built a more powerful quantum system prototype capable of handling 50-qubits machine back in 2017.

The package is called as the IBM Q system and it is basically a huge set up which includes nearly everything which a company could ever want from a quantum computer and its working and all the necessary tools for quantum computing are there.

IBM said the system's qubits managed a coherence time of 75 microseconds. The front doors of the Q System One can be open simultaneous, offering access to it's different cooling and control modules masked by a panel behind the main terminal. "Protection from this interference is one of many reasons why quantum computers and their components require careful engineering and isolation".

The entire structure of the new quantum computer is placed inside of a 9 meter cube, made entirely from 1cm thick borosilicate glass. Independent aluminum and steel frames both unify and decouple the system's cryostat, control electronics and outside casing to avoid the vibration that can affect the qubits.

As part of the agreement, ExxonMobil becomes the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network, a worldwide community of Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions and national research labs working to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications for science and business. "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".