IBM Launches World’s First Commercial Quantum Computer

IBM Q System One
IBM Q System One is world's first commercially available Quantum Computer

IBM at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) unveiled the world’s first quamtum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use.

Named IBM Q System Oneā„¢, where Q stands for “Quantum”, is the first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system that has been made available commercially for both research institutes and organisations alike.

IBM Q System One Quantum Computer by IBM
IBM Q System One was launched at CES and is the first commercially available quantum computer

Quantum computers can potentially solve problems that are deemed either too complex or time consuming for the current generation of “classical” computers to process and solve. However, a Quantum computer posesses enhanced computing capabilities that can solve such problems in reasonable time.

The IBM Q System One will be an integrated system that combines multiple components into an optimised “integrated architecture”, similar to the current generation of hyper-converged infrastructure platforms.

Game-changing technology

The Q series re-affirms IBM position as the leader of the pack in quantum technology and delivers of its promise to build a commercially-available quantum computing system from 2017 when it has demonstrated a prototype 17-qubits processor.

The IBM Q System One is powered by a fourth-generation 20-qubit processor and also cloud-integrated, meaning the systems can be accessed through classical computers via a secure cloud access for executing complex programs.

How is Quantum computers different from classical computers?

Quantum computer differs from classical computers in the physical phenomena that powers it, while a classical computers are essentially made up of transistors and capacitors which stores data in form of bits (0 or 1), a quantum computer uses “quantum bits” or “qubits” which can take the value of either 0, 1, or also have 0 and 1 at the same time, thus having 3-states compared to 2 in the classical computers. The 3 states makes quantum computers exponentially faster.

E.g. a classical computer with 32 bits will have ~4.2 billion combinations, while a 21-qubit quantum system will have over 10 billion combinations.

IBM is rapidly driving scientific advancements in improving quantum computers.

IBM’s Increased focus towards next-gen compute

The launch of IBM Q underscores IBM’s continued focus towards hardware and transition away from software-based business. IBM in recent past has acquired RedHat in one the largest tech acquisition of 2018, and also the sale of several of its legacy software suite to HCL.

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