At the ongoing CES 2019, IBM has unveiled what possibly is the world’s first standalone quantum computer. Dubbed, the IBM Q System One, it is a giant 50-qubit quantum computer that gives repeatable and predictable high-quality qubits. This is IBM’s first step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing as IBM Q System One steps out of the research lab for the first time.
IBM Q System One is comprised of a number of custom components. This includes a stable and auto-calibrated Quantum hardware. It has Cryogenic engineering for maintaining a cold and isolated quantum environment. The Quantum firmware manages system health and upgrades without downtime for users. Classical computation provides secure cloud access and hybrid execution of quantum algorithms.
IBM is calling the Q System One as the future beyond supercomputing, capable of handling applications such as modeling financial data and organizing super-efficient logistics. “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,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice-president of hybrid cloud and director of IBM Research.
In the second half of 2019, IBM is planning to open the IBM Q Quantum Computation Center to expand IBM’s commercial quantum computing program. This new center will be accessible to members of the IBM Q Network.