ExxonMobil, IBM partner on quantum computing

IBM Quantum Computer

IBM's Q System One is the world's first commercial quantum computer

Under the agreement, ExxonMobil will become the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network, a worldwide community of companies, startups, academic institutions and national research labs working o advance quantum computing. The new machine doesn't look like a mainframe computer.

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. According to IBM, the plan is to make the hardware accessible via the cloud to let partners experiment with quantum algorithms.

The integrated quantum computing system works very similar to the traditional computers.

IBM's new system aims to address this challenge with an integrated quantum computer that solves all of that on behalf of customers - hence the casing, which keeps everything in ship-shape.

IBM Q is an industry-first initiative to build commercial universal quantum systems for business and science applications. "To that end, in 2018 IBM researchers patented a diagnostic tool that could use machine learning and image analysis to help scientists identify a plant's species, diagnose and recommend a treatment".

The system was developed alongside the Map Project Office, a United Kingdom industrial and interior design studio and Universal Design Studio and it rests in an air-tight environment that is enclosed by thick borosilicate glass.

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Quantum computing is all about quantum bits, or qubits, and for processing every single qubit, the machine needs an undistracted environment. IBM clearly thinks of the Q system as a piece of art and, indeed, the final result is quite stunning.

"Today's quantum computers include thousands of parts that work together to harness qubits to perform quantum computations". The objective of the centre is to make IBM Q System One capacity available on a limited commercial basis.

"A series of independent aluminum and steel frames unify, but also decouple the system's cryostat, control electronics, and exterior casing, helping to avoid potential vibration interference that leads to "phase jitter" and qubit decoherence", it said. Bob Sutor, the VP of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem, was kind enough to get back to us. The company also earned patents for blockchain technology as well as for quantum computing uses.

IBM is locked in a race with Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Microsoft Corp. and others in building machines that businesses can use to solve hard real-world problems now beyond the reach of the most powerful conventional supercomputers.

For example, the technology company highlighted how quantum computing could be used to find new ways to model financial data or to optimise fleet operations for deliveries.

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing", said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research.

Among the patents awarded to IBM, 1,600 were AI-related and one of them was for Project Debater, an AI system from IBM Research that can debate humans on complex topics.

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