Exxon, IBM to work on quantum computing in energy, manufacturing

Exxon, IBM to work on quantum computing in energy, manufacturing

Exxon, IBM to work on quantum computing in energy, manufacturing

"Our leadership in AI, cloud computing, security and quantum computing patents speaks to IBM's commitment to research and development in these important areas".

For the 26th year in a row, IBM earned more patents than any other USA company in 2018 - 9,100, to be exact, with more than a third of those the result of the computing giant's work in artificial intelligence as well as in cloud and quantum computing. For the first time ever, IBM Q System One enables universal approximate superconducting quantum computers to operate beyond the confines of the research lab.

IBM's computer is a 20-qubit machine, and while it won't be available to the public, the company has announced plans to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York later this year.

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing".

The computer itself is in a nine-by-nine glass cube that maintains it at the exactly correct temperature and other conditions it needs to do its work - a kind of fragility that means that you can't just order one and have it sent; customers will access it via the IBM Cloud.

For so long, the quantum computer was merely a fantasy but the race to build the world's first quantum computer gave scientists the motivation build the most powerful and advanced computer that puts even the best ones to shame.

That limit will be to "members of the IBM Q Network, a worldwide community of leading Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions, and national research labs working with IBM to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications for business and science", the vendor said. The designing work of the machine was also accomplished by United Kingdom industrial and interior design studios Map Project Office and Milan-based museum display case manufacturer Goppion, and Universal Design Studio.

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The quantum computing train keeps on rolling.

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

This will be the first time when quantum computers will be available outside of research labs. In the more immediate reality of 2019, IBM still has something in the works.

IBM has presented a commercial 17-qubit processor prototype back in 2017, which was what paved the way to the Q System One we have on our hands as of today.

The enclosure contained "thousands" of components, and was designed in such a way that it could also be opened up to perform upgrades or maintenance - something IBM saw as critical if the system was to be used commercially. Its Q System One aims to make integration a lot easier so that it can be applied to the issues businesses face.

A series of independent aluminum and steel frames unify, but also decouple the system's cryostat, control electronics, and exterior casing, helping to isolate the system components for improved performance.

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