Alongside the rollable TVs, drones and other new gadgets on display at the CES consumer electronics show this week in Las Vegas, IBM Corp.is demonstrating the latest evolution of its quantum computing hardware.
All-in-one: Many quantum machines that use superconducting circuits, an approach favored by IBM, are a smorgasbord of wires connecting various electronic devices to a cryostatic cooling chamber that contains the quantum chip.
Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, the centre will expand the capabilities of IBM's Q Network commercial quantum computing program and "will house some of the world's most advanced cloud-based quantum computing systems, which 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".
IBM has used CES 2019 to launch what it claims is the world's first commercial quantum computing system, developed with United Kingdom design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio. However, this relative fragility is why you won't be installing an IBM Q System One in your own office - while it's definitely a major step forward, it's a far ways away from being something you can order and have delivered.
"These organizations will work directly with IBM scientists, engineers and consultants to explore quantum computing for specific industries". However, there are not many details regarding how many of such quantum systems would be placed in a center.
"IBM Q systems are created to one day tackle problems that are now seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle", notes the release. 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. Whereas the bits found in a traditional computer hold either a 1 or a 0 at any given time, the quantum equivalent - the qubit - can exist in both states at once.
Enclosed in a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide glass case that forms an air-tight environment, this sleek computer is IBM's first effort to bring quantum computing to businesses.
It also has classical computation to provide secure cloud access and hybrid execution of quantum algorithms, according to IBM. In the more immediate reality of 2019, IBM still has something in the works. IBM said the Q System One makes it possible to reset qubits in a matter of hours, instead of the days or weeks it normally takes. Its glass door opens effortlessly, simplifying the system's maintenance and upgrade process while minimizing downtime -making the IBM Q System One uniquely suited for reliable commercial use. Having said that, it is still very early to predict the success of the IBM Q System One. There is also a series of independent aluminium and steel frames to help avoid any potential vibration interference that could result in "phase jitter" and qubit decoherence.