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IBM takes small - but steady - steps to quantum commercial viability

10 January 2019

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing", swooned Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research. "We'll see quantum computing's first impact in the areas of chemistry and science".

The cloud access will supplement the on-premise machine, following IBM's 2017 move to provide quantum computing in the cloud. This sounds like the Big Blue is aiming to bring a Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) model for its quantum computers in the future.

While quantum computing is still in its infancy and is mostly just a part of books and research papers, IBM at CES 2019 unveiled the Q System One that is touted to be the world's first quantum computer for commercial use.

IBM is now looking to make quantum computers commercially available.

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For starters, Quantum Computing is a very advanced form of computing which goes a step ahead as compared to the traditional computers which only worked with binary forms of data. Bob Sutor, the VP of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem, was kind enough to get back to us. This means - for the first time ever - universal approximate superconducting quantum computers can operate beyond the confines of the research lab.

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

It plans to house an undisclosed number of these systems at an IBM Q Quantum Computation Center in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2019.

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. Bob Sutor, the VP of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem. However, quantum computers are much more powerful. So far, most of these computers haven't gone beyond research labs and sporadic demonstrations. These national government labs will be part of the broader IBM Q Network with access to IBM Q's commercial systems.

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IBM has banked on quantum as one of its core future technologies, first opening up client access through the cloud previous year.

"Protection from this interference is one of many reasons why quantum computers and their components require careful engineering and isolation".

Named IBM Q System One, IBM says the system is "designed to one day tackle problems that are now seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems in nature".

This gleaming monolith from a sci-fi blockbuster is actually the new IBM Q System One quantum computer that is created to be reliable enough for businesses to use-in the cloud.

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IBM takes small - but steady - steps to quantum commercial viability