Quantum computing is still a relatively new field. Aside from D-Wave, there aren’t a lot of commercially available quantum computing systems in the world. However, that’s about to change with IBM introducing Q System One for the masses.
It’ll be the first commercially available quantum computer from IBM. It combines both quantum computing hardware and conventional computing parts for use in business and research applications.
It’s a large system but it comes with all the necessary bits that a company or research organization would need to own and operate a quantum computer, including the machinery required to cool the quantum computing hardware.
It’s barely a 20-qubit machine which is nowhere near enough for most commercial applications for a quantum computer that require more qubits.
How Qubits Work
For those who don’t know, a quantum computer works using qubits or quantum bits. A regular bit can only be in one of two states, on or off. However, a qubit can be on, off and both on and off at the same time, meaning three possible states. This has a snowball effect as more qubits can effectively hold more data than the same number of bits.
IBM says that it’s just the first attempt at quantum computing at large and the IBM Q is,
designed to one day tackle problems that are currently seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle.
IBM Q might not be the answer right now, but the company says that the system is upgradeable and easy to maintain as well.
Senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research, Arvind Krishna says,
The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization 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.
Also, the company put a lot of emphasis on the IBM Q’s design, which consists of an airtight glass cube with a quantum computer hanging in the middle, neatly camouflaging most of the parts.