IBM inventors from India earned over 800 patents - the second highest contributor to the company's global record of 9,100 patents in the USA in 2018 - with almost half in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud computing, cyber security, Blockchain and Quantum Computing. The new machine doesn't look like a mainframe computer.
The replica of Q System One will be introduced at CES 2019 on January 8. "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".
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.
"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. IBM has bet a lot on this futuristic technology and time and again shared its progress in the field of quantum computing.
Additionally, IBM also announced the opening of the new IBM Q Quantum Computation Center later in 2019.
Quantum computers promise to outperform regular machines at certain tasks by exploiting the odd properties of quantum physics, and the IBM Q utilizes theories of physics to create computing techniques that are far more powerful than current devices.
We reached out to IBM with a host of questions regarding the Q System - like whether IBM intends to make more than one of these systems, and what the pricing structure will be for commercial use - and Dr. However, there are not many details regarding how many of such quantum systems would be placed in a center.
For many years, quantum computers have only been within the confines of the research lab.
"The strategic use of intellectual property has been at the core of IBM's success throughout our 108-year history", IBM Research lab director and vice president of research Jeff Weisler told BGR. While the computer is open to paying customers, developers will access its power from the comfort of their own homes or offices via the IBM Cloud.
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. And with its latest Q System One, it sure seems to have taken a step forward in doing so.
This case is purpose-built to eliminate outside interference and lengthen the lifespan of quantum computing's units of information called qubits so they survive long enough to perform useful calculations without interference from external sound, vibrations, or temperature fluctuations. Having said that, it is still very early to predict the success of the IBM Q System One.