IBM has unveiled the IBM Q System One, claimed to be the world’s first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use.
The legacy computing corporation also announced plans to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Centre for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 2019.
IBM Q systems are designed to one day 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.
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 ever, the system enables universal approximate superconducting quantum computers to operate beyond the confines of the research lab.
Much as classical computers combine multiple components into an integrated architecture optimised to work together, IBM is applying the same approach to quantum computing with the first integrated universal quantum computing system.
Meanwhile, the IBM Q Quantum Computation Centre is scheduled to open later this year in New York. It will expand the IBM Q Network commercial quantum computing programme, which already includes systems at the Thomas J Watson Research Centre in Yorktown, New York.
This new centre will house some of the world’s most advanced cloud-based quantum computing systems.
It will be accessible 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.
Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research, said that the IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialisation of quantum computing. 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, he said.