ExxonMobil and IBM team up to unpack quantum computing

Federico Mansilla
Enero 11, 2019

It enables universal approximate superconducting quantum computers to operate beyond the confines of a research lab.

Quantum firmware manages the system health and enable system upgrades without downtime for users, and a classical computer provides secure cloud access and hybrid execution of quantum algorithms.

The senior vice president and the director of the IBM research had some words regarding this and he said that this IBM Q system one is like a great step for commercializing the quantum computers although this system could be a bit more systematic for the computing issues and they are also sometimes beyond the research walls and lab but still if these are practically implemented, it is really going to help the system issues for sure. It tapped the expertise of United Kingdom industrial and interior design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio, and Goppion, a Milan-based manufacturer of high-end museum display cases that protect some of the world's most precious art including the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Quantum computing has been researched for decades, but the industry has seen the work accelerate in recent years, with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty saying she expects businesses to be running real applications on quantum systems and creating value within the next several years. In fact, IBM itself already built a more powerful quantum system prototype capable of handling 50-qubits machine back in 2017. IBM has bet a lot on this futuristic technology and time and again shared its progress in the field of quantum computing. IBM says that it sees that 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 optimizing fleet operations for deliveries". The complexity of quantum computing may soon become too complicated for classical computers to handle.

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IBM's new conception should, in theory, reduce the number of errors that occur during experiments and therefore make the system more reliable for the company's researchers and business partners.

The system includes a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide case of half-inch thick borosilicate glass and is a 20-qubit quantum computer. But the systems company created history at the CES 2019 floor on January 8, 2019. 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. This is essential for the quantum chip - which must be stored at about 10 millikelvin, a fraction above absolute zero temperature - and for the additional electronics included in the Q System One.

In related news, The Big Blue also announced the IBM Q Network -a partnership with energy giant ExxonMobil and research labs like CERN, the organization that built the Large Hadron Collider, Argonne, Fermilab and Lawrence Berkeley - plans to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York later this year.

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