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CES: IBM takes quantum computing commercial

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IBM chose last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in las Vegas to unveil IBM Q System One, described as “the world’s first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use”.

It boils down to the fact that IBM will make its quantum computing technology available to businesses that need serious computing prices but don’t want to invest in the infrastructure. In line with this strategy, the company also announced it will open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Centre for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York, this year.

IBM Q systems are designed for the future, to tackle problems that are currently seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle. Future applications of quantum computing may include finding new ways to model financial data and isolating key global risk factors to make better investments, or finding the optimal path across global systems for ultra-efficient logistics and optimising fleet operations for deliveries.

Much as classical computers combine multiple components into an integrated architecture optimised to work together, says IBM, it is applying the same approach to quantum computing with the first integrated universal quantum computing system.

Designed by IBM scientists, systems engineers and industrial designers, IBM Q System One has a sophisticated, modular and compact design optimised for stability, reliability and continuous commercial use. For the first time, IBM Q System One enables “universal approximate superconducting quantum computers” to operate beyond the confines of the research lab.

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

Click here for more on the components of IBM Q System One

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