IBM launches first integrated quantum computer

  • IBM launches first integrated quantum computer

IBM launches first integrated quantum computer

The long-term vision for IBM Q Systems is to solve problems that classical computers may find to be too challenging.

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.

IBM also notes that the airtight enclosure housing the Q System One quantum computer opens effortlessly, which means maintenance and upgrades shouldn't warrant extended downtime. This is a historical step in the field of quantum computing, considering the fact that quantum computers haven't left the confines of a research lab.

This new center will house some of the world's most advanced cloud-based quantum computing systems which will be accessible to members of the IBM Q Network. Firmware was created to manage the system's health and allow upgrades to be made with no downtime, and classical computation is enabled so quantum algorithms can be accessed via the cloud and executed in a hybrid fashion.

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.

To make IBM Q System One possible, the technology company gathered what it thinks are the best of the breed of architects, industrial designers, and manufacturers to work with IBM Research scientists and engineers.

The visual aspect of the System One was envisioned by Map Project Office, an industrial design company that works with Honda and by Universal Design Studio, an interior design and architecture company based in London.

Together these collaborators designed the first quantum system to consolidate thousands of components into a glass-enclosed, air-tight environment built specifically for business use, a milestone in the evolution of commercial quantum computers.

IBM also announced that it will open a new IBM Q Quantum Computation Center later in 2019.

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.

"The free and publicly available IBM Q Experience has been continuously operating since May of 2016 and now boasts more than 100,000 users, who have run more than 6.7 million experiments and published more than 130 third-party research papers", according to IBM. 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.

Obviously, the Q isn't the most powerful quantum computer out there.

It's a worldwide community of leading Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions, and national research labs working with IBM to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications for business and science. The age of the current PCs and super computers are starting to reach their limits and, I'm not saying now, but maybe in the next 50 years this limit will be reached making quantum computers their successor.