IBM Unveils World’s First Quantum Computer At CES 2019

Posted: Jan 8 2019, 9:39am CST | by , Updated: Jan 8 2019, 9:41am CST, in CES

 

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IBM unveils World’s First Quantum Computer at CES 2019

IBM’s Quantum Computer, Q System One will be Available for Commercial Clients

CES-2019, Tech giant IBM today unveiled their and world’s first quantum computing system, this new system is referred to as Q System One. This first of a kind, universal quantum computing machine will be available for commercial clients very soon, IBM has plans to open a Quantum Computation Center within this year in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Quantum computing is still in the infancy stage, and IBM’s 20-qubit Q System One is more like a stepping stone in the right direction, although it is designed for commercial use by different clients, it will take some time for quantum systems to be mainstream solutions for highly complex and exponential problems along with normal real-life computation requirements.

“It’s more like a stepping stone than a practical quantum computer,” Winfried Hensinger, professor of quantum technologies at the UK’s University of Sussex, told The Verge. “Don’t think of this as a quantum computer that can solve all of the problems quantum computing is known for. Think of it as a prototype machine that allows you to test and further develop some of the programmings that might be useful in the future.”

Just like normal computers, IBM quantum computer is built by integrating and combining different components under a single architecture. This system is designed to offer stability and reliability for complex commercial computations, and it will be available through secure cloud access.

This will be the first time when quantum computers will be available outside of research labs.

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing," said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research. "This new system is critical in expanding quantum computing beyond the walls of the research lab as we work to develop practical quantum applications for business and science."

Some feature of IBM’s Q System One include:

High-quality quantum hardware for stable and predictable computing by using a large number of high-quality qubits.

Custom designed quantum firmware that allows uninterrupted system access even during upgrades, the firmware also maintains system health and prevents downtime for the end users.

Advanced cryogenic engineering ideal for cooling a quantum computing environment.

Hybrid execution of quantum algorithms in an isolated, secure environment that is accessible through the cloud.

Quantum computers are very complex systems, for designing this system IBM collaborated with top class designers, manufacturers, and architects from around the world. With them, and a team of their own research scientists, IBM managed to assemble thousands of different components into a state of art, glass-enclosed, isolated environment that was required for stable quantum computing.

“This is something IBM brings to the market that no one else really does. We know how to do integrated systems,” IBM’s VP of quantum research, Bob Sutor, tells The Verge. “The electronics for a quantum computer are not something you go buy off the shelf. You need a temperature-controlled environment, you need to minimize the vibrations — anything that might disrupt the quantum calculations.”

Sutor says that a practical advantage of engineering a machine like the Q System One is that it reduces research downtime. Resetting a quantum computer after an upset caused by a power surge or a disgruntled look from a technician is much, much quicker with a device like the Q System One. “What used to take days and weeks now takes hour or days,” says Sutor.

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